The UN Forum on Forests: A 360-degree Perspective on Forests

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Presentation by Jan L. McAlpine, Director
United Nations Forum on Forests.
The UN Forum on Forests: A 360-degree Perspective on Forests.
Oaxaca Workshop
Forest Governance, Decentralisation and REDD+ in
Latin America and the Caribbean
31 August – 03 September 2010, Oaxaca, Mexico.

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The UN Forum on Forests: A 360-degree Perspective on Forests

  1. 1. A 360-degree Perspective on Forests Jan L. McAlpine Director United Nations Forum on Forests 31 August 2010 – Oaxaca, Mexico The UN Forum on Forests:
  2. 2. Forests: A Safety Net for the Rural Poor <ul><li>Forests provide for daily subsistence needs of 1.6 billion people – those most marginalized by the global economy </li></ul><ul><li>Clean water, building materials, employment, food, medicine, cultural and spiritual values </li></ul><ul><li>We often fail to comprehend the importance of forests to people </li></ul>
  3. 3. Forests: Atlas of Planet Earth <ul><li>Most important terrestrial reservoir of biodiversity home to a very high level of biomass, primary resource base for timber </li></ul><ul><li>Forests degradation and deforestation contribute to 18-25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, affects local climate, soil fertility, water rainfall patterns soil erosion </li></ul><ul><li>Consequences: poverty, famines, unregulated urbanization, social & political conflict, </li></ul><ul><li>freshwater scarcity, climate change </li></ul>
  4. 4. UNFF in a Nutshell <ul><li>Holistic approach to all types of Forests </li></ul><ul><li>All stakeholders play important roles </li></ul><ul><li>UNFF’s comprehensive strategy is a 360-degree approach </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Need to think outside the box and take a cross-sectional perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Just like ecosystems are interconnected, so we should establish institutional partnerships beyond the </li></ul><ul><li>forest sector </li></ul>A 360-degree Perspective
  6. 6. 360-degree Perspective in Practice <ul><li>UNFF’s </li></ul><ul><li>Forest Finance Strategy takes a cross-sectional perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships: Agreements signed with UNCBD and UNCCD Secretariats </li></ul><ul><li>(+ GEF) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Forests do much more than absorb carbon <ul><li>Funding for forests is small if compared to REDD + </li></ul><ul><li>Distortion could undermine comprehensive approach </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon absorption is crucial but forests have many </li></ul><ul><li>other values </li></ul>
  8. 8. UNFF9 on 24 Jan – 4 Feb 2011 (United Nations Headquarters, New York) <ul><li>Theme: Forests for people </li></ul><ul><li>High Level Ministerial Segment </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of Forest 2011 (International Year of Forests 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Right place for “forests” in Rio+20 outcome </li></ul>
  9. 10. A year-long celebration <ul><li>Forests 2011 = celebration of all things forests </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing “Forests for People” success stories and innovative solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Galvanize greater public awareness & participation </li></ul><ul><li>A Win-Win opportunity to put forests on the radar - raise awareness </li></ul><ul><li>A Strategic Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Approach (global branding, </li></ul><ul><li>promotional materials, events, </li></ul><ul><li>website, partnership) </li></ul><ul><li>Forests 2011 Film Festival </li></ul>
  10. 11. Country/region level activities <ul><li>Will be showcased on the Forests 2011 website (September 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Tree planting </li></ul><ul><li>Forestry fairs and exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Photo, art, writing completions and forest triathlons </li></ul><ul><li>Publications: books, brochures </li></ul><ul><li>& educational materials </li></ul>
  11. 12. Concluding Remarks <ul><li>Forests provide livelihoods for 1.6 billion people with potential for mitigating climate change </li></ul><ul><li>360-degree perspective requires building partnerships beyond forests </li></ul><ul><li>Forests 2011 provide opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>to create awareness for </li></ul><ul><li>forests and people, </li></ul>
  12. 13. Thank You! UN Forum on Forests Secretariat One UN Plaza, DC1-1245 New York, NY 10017 Telephone: +1 212 963 3401 Fax: +1 917 367 3186 http://www.un.org/esa/forests

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