Forest

Highlights and images of main proceedings for 5 May 2022

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Cécile Ndjebet, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests, wins the 2022 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award.

Cécile Ndjebet, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests, wins the 2022 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions award.

On Thursday, May 5th,  XV WFC entered its fourth day, with participants taking part in many special events, sub-theme sessions and side events, as well as informal networking events.

Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals

Moderator Elaine Springgay, FAO, during the ForYP launch

The morning kicked off with a special event that explored how to encourage more young people to choose a career in the forest sector, and ways to support career development, such as mentorship, and providing opportunities to showcase their talents. It culminated in the launch of the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals (ForYP), a new platform for connecting and supporting young professionals.

Tree Talk with Lacey Rose, County of Renfrew, Canada

In a special event on the contribution of a forest circular bioeconomy to sustainable development, participants dug into case studies and lessons learned on how to foster the increased use of sustainably produced wood products, as well as non-timber products, in a way that supports local livelihoods.

Marc Palahi, Director, European Forest Institute

Marc Palahi, Director, European Forest Institute, remotely addresses participants during the special event on the Contribution of a Forest Circular Bioeconomy to Sustainable Development.

In a special event on rural finance, participants addressed the need for more diversified and inclusive rural finance mechanisms that reach small-scale producers and ensure they continue to contribute to biodiverse production systems, forest conservation and landscape restoration.

Second panel on Rural Finance, Forest and Farm Producers and Indigenous Peoples at the Centre of the 'Green Recovery'

Second panel of the special event on Rural Finance, Forest and Farm Producers and Indigenous Peoples at the Centre of the 'Green Recovery'

In the afternoon, participants met for the fifth and final parallel Sub-thematic Session.

Under Sub-theme 1, the latest research on methodologies for assessing deforestation and forest degradation was presented, and the role of data in combating deforestation and forest degradation was discussed.

Under Sub-theme 2, participants explored how genetic diversity and integrated pest management can help forests adapt to climate change.

Under Sub-theme 3, participants discussed mobilizing finance for forest management, and how to ensure this supports environmental and socio-economic goals.

Jeffrey Vincent, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Jeffrey Vincent, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, presents remotely during the fifth session of Sub-theme 3.

Under Sub-theme 4, Indigenous People, experts, practitioners and policymakers met to develop recommendations on ways to improve the contribution of forests to health, well-being and peace.

Under Sub-theme 5, participants discussed how to better communicate the value of forests to create greater impact and reach broader audiences, and discussed the status of forest education globally.

Ingwald Gschwandtl, Forest Policy Expert

Ingwald Gschwandtl, Forest Policy Expert, addresses participants during the fifth session of Sub-theme 5: Strengthening Communication and Education

Under Sub-theme 6, participants took part in a multi-stakeholder dialogue, and reflected on how to enhance partnerships in support of sustainable forest management.

The dais during the fifth session of Sub-theme 6

The dais during the fifth session of Sub-theme 6: The Way Forward – Enhancing Partnerships for Sustainable Forest Management

Later on in the day, a ceremony was held to present the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award, which honors individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to improve the world’s forests and the lives of the people who depend on them. The 2022  award was presented to Cécile Ndjebet, Founder and President of the African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests, in recognition of her numerous  leadership roles and accomplishments in promoting gender equity and reducing deforestation.

Interview with Cécile Ndjebet, 2022 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions’ Award winner

This was followed by a special event in which participants were able to hear from past winners of the Wangari Maathai Award, who reflected on the successes and challenges they have experienced in their work.

The forest champions view

Léonidas Nzigiyimpa, 2019 Wangari Maathai Forest Champion Award winner, during the special event on Forest Champions View - A Special Panel of Wangari Maathai Award Winners

In the evening, participants gathered for a closing dinner, featuring cultural performances by local artists.

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