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“Working Across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area”

From Aspiration to Action

20-22 February 2018 | Headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy

Highlights for Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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Working across Sectors to Halt Deforestation and Increase Forest Area

On Tuesday, Conference participants met in a plenary session to hear opening remarks and keynote presentations. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO, highlighted the urgency of achieving the targets of SDG 15 (life on land) and the UN Strategic Plan for Forests for 2017-2030 (UNSPF). She noted that, according to FAO’s report on the State of the World’s Forests, over 25 countries managed to improve food security while maintaining, or even increasing, forest cover.

Via a video message, Marie Chatardová, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), stressed that the UNSPF provides a global framework and blueprint for action by all stakeholders at all levels to preserve forest functions and benefits. Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), stressed that the UNSPF target of increasing forest area globally by 3% by 2030 can be achieved. Amédi Camara, President, Council of Ministers of the pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall, highlighted challenges to halt deforestation in Africa, and the Great Green Wall project, an African-led initiative to protect and reforest. He said the project will benefit people that are at the frontline of climate change impacts.

In a keynote address, Christiana Figueres, Convener, Mission 2020, highlighted that primary forests are irreplaceable and key to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 ºC stated in the Paris Agreement. To achieve the 2020 targets on forests, she suggested moving from threat-based to opportunity-oriented approaches. Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), identified required actions, including policy review to advance agroforestry, improving land-use management and planning, leveraging social capital, engaging the private sector and consumers, and scaling-up research.

Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Policy and Resources Division, FAO, presented the Conference objectives, including to promote dialogue across sectors and stakeholder groups, and make recommendations to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) through UNFF 13. She suggested focusing on best practices and solutions.

Participants then met in parallel sessions throughout the day to discuss: people-centred approaches to integrated landscape management; agroforestry and silvo-pastoral systems; forest management and landscape restoration; sustainable agricultural production approaches; achieving corporate commitments and zero deforestation initiatives for agricultural commodities; and forest products value chains in the bio-economy.

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Opening Ceremony

From L-R: Amédi Camara, President of the Council of Ministers, PanAfrican Agency of the Great Green Wall; Ikram Yaakob, Chair of UNFF 13; Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO; Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO; and Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UNFF

Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, FAO

Amédi Camara, President of the Council of Ministers, PanAfrican Agency of the Great Green Wall

Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UNFF

Marie Chatardová, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Plenary Session

From L-R: Christiana Figueres, Convener Mission 2020 and former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Co-Chair Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO; Co-Chair Ikram Yaakob, Chair of UNFF 13; Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Department, FAO; and Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre

Christiana Figueres, Convener Mission 2020 and former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre

Co-Chair Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO

Co-Chair Ikram Yaakob, Chair of UNFF 13

Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Department, FAO

Agroforestry and silvo-pastoral systems

From L-R: Sonya Dewi, World Agroforestry Centre; Milton Kanashiro, Researcher, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA); Yasmin Cajas, Entrepreneur, Silvopastoral Systems, Colombia; Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre; Maria Mosquera Losada, President, European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF); and Daniel Ofori, Director and Chief Research Scientist, Forestry Research Institute, Ghana

Milton Kanashiro, Researcher, EMBRAPA

Sonya Dewi, World Agroforestry Centre

Yasmin Cajas, Entrepreneur, Silvopastoral Systems, Colombia

People-centred approaches to integrated landscape management

Godlisten Matilya, Coordinator of Climate Change Project, Maasai Steppe Heartland

Cora Van Oosten, Project manager and Programme coordinator, Center for Development Innovation, Wageningen University

Augusta Mindry Anandi, Coordinator, Sustainable Land use planning, USAID Lestari Indonesia

Barron Orr, Lead Scientist, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Sustainable Forest Management and Landscape Restoration

From L-R: Carlos Alberto Mesquita, Former Director of Landscape Strategy, Conservation International, Brazil; Tangu Tumeo, FLR Focal Point, Department of Forest, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Malwai; Tim Christophersen, Coordinator, Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Gustavo Suárez de Freitas, National Program Coordinator, Earth Innovations Institute, Peru; and Rafael Barreiro Chaves, Director of Center for Ecological Restoration, Environmental Secretariat State of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Alberto Mesquita, Former Director of Landscape Strategy, Conservation International, Brazil

Tangu Tumeo, FLR Focal Point, Department of Forest, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Malwai

Gustavo Suárez de Freitas, National Program Coordinator, Earth Innovations Institute, Peru

Sustainable agricultural production approaches

Clayton Campanhola, Strategic Programme Leader, FAO

Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director, Country Alignment and Systems Integration, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated

Aletia Melissa Pérez-Picon, Farm owner and manager

Donald Macintosh, Consultant Advisor, Asian Institute of Technology

Achieving corporate commitments and zero deforestation initiatives for agricultural commodities

Christopher Stewart, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, OLAM

Charles O'Malley, Senior Partnership Advisor, Green Commodities Program, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Stephen Donofrio, Senior Advisor, Forest Trends

Roselyn Fosuah Adjei, Head, Climate Change Unit, National REDD+ Secretariat, Forestry Commission of Ghana

Toshimasa Masuyama, Deputy Director International Forestry Cooperation Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan

Forest products value chains in the bio-economy

Sheam Satkuru, Assistant Director of Operations, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Ulrich Grauert, Chief Executive Officer, INTERHOLCO

Andrea Stocchero, Researcher, Scion Research

Camille Rebelo, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, EcoPlanet Bamboo

Between Sessions

Toshimasa Masuyama, Japan, with Matthias Schwoerer, Germany

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Conservation International, and Thomas Hammond, Senior Lands Officer, FAO

Salem Trigui, Tunisia, and Alexander Kastl, Germany

Andrew Miccolis, World Agroforestry Centre, with Howard-Yana Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars, Incorporated

Reception

Videos by the organizers




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