Adaptation and Building Resilience through Restoration & Sustainable Management of Forests

Adaptation and Building Resilience through Restoration & Sustainable Management of Forests

Date: Oct 28, 2022

Time: 01:00 to 02:30 (KST/GMT+9)

(in English)
(In Spanish)
(in French)


Restoration of degraded forest landscapes and promoting ecosystem services contribute to ensuring human well-being. Studies show that about 1.6 billion people worldwide depend directly on forests for food, shelter, energy, medicines and income. Global and national targets aimed at eradicating poverty, biodiversity conservation, protecting watersheds, and building food and energy security and combatting climate change cannot be achieved without restoring degraded forest landscapes and sustainable management of forests. 

Developing and sustainably managing forests are solutions to address the negative impacts of climate change as forests do play significant role in both adaptation and mitigation. Forests absorb about one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, forest ecosystems are important for building resilience and adaptive capacity to the changing climate. 

Despite their significant environmental, social and economic importance, deforestation and forest degradation continued both at global and national levels. According to the Global Forest Goals Report 2021 of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, every year, seven million hectares of natural forests are converted to other land uses such as large-scale commercial agriculture and other economic activities. 

In line with the UN declaration of 2021-2030 as decade of ecosystem restoration, presenters and panelists in this session will address environmental and socioeconomic importance of forest restoration and the need to enhance ecosystem services through sustainable management of existing forests.

Event Agenda:

Welcome Remarks 
H.E. Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 
Opening Remarks: Restoration of forest landscapes for building resilience
H.E. Dr. Motuma Tolera, Deputy Director general of the Ethiopia Forest Development
Keynote Address: State of Forest restoration and Management in Rwanda
Dr. Ivan Gasangwa, Forest Research Division Manager at Rwanda Forestry Authority

1. Ethiopia’s Green Legacy initiative: Progress, challenges and lessons for dissemination and scaling up
– Speaker: Dr. Adefires Worku, Ethiopia Forest Development 

2. From deforestation to a health crisis in West Africa, the case of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, how to prevent?
– Speaker:  Mr. Tagba Raymond Hie, NGO A2C (Actions against Climate Changes)  

3. Sustainable forests
– Speaker: Mr. Hora Megersa, Dano district, Environmental Protection, Forest and Climate Change Authority in West Shewa (TBC) 

4. Mobilizing private finance to accelerate investment in landscape restoration
– Speaker: Mr. Ivo Mulder, United Nations Environment Programme Climate Finance Unit 

5. Review on the Role of Participatory Forest Management on Livelihoods of Local Community in Ethiopia
– Speaker: Mr. Negese Kenenisa, Oromia environmental protection Authority 
Open Discussion/Q&A
– Facilitator: Mr. Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Country Representative to Ethiopia, GGGI
Closing Remarks
Mr. Gemedo Dalle Tussie, Country Representative to Ethiopia, GGGI

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