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Address forest degradation to move forward on REDD+, says ITTO Executive Director

View of a degraded forest in Ghana. Forest degradation should be addressed to advance REDD+. Photo: D. Blay

View of a degraded forest in Ghana. Forest degradation should be addressed to advance REDD+. Photo: D. Blay

REDD+ should pay more attention to combating forest degradation, which is now the biggest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in tropical forests, according to ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle.

Speaking at an international seminar in Tokyo, Japan, this week, Dr Dieterle said that directing REDD+ funds towards sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable value chains in the tropics could bring about a globally significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions not only in the forests but through substantial substitution of non-renewable resources in products and energy. The combined mitigation effects from SFM and use of wood-based materials and energy will add a new dimension in the fight against global warming –and indispensable contribution to close the mitigation gap.

“While deforestation has been the subject of considerable global deliberation, forest degradation had been underestimated,” he said. “Forest degradation makes a major contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the capacity of forests to supply essential goods and services and mitigate climate change. In our view, forest degradation is a significant omission from the international forest regime and needs urgent attention.”

Productive forests, sustainable supply chains key to achieving sustainable development targets, says Dieterle

A worker inspects a lumber stack at a community forest enterprise in Mexico. Productive forests provide a stable supply of important commodities such as timber to a growing global population while also alleviating poverty, fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity. Photo: G. Dieterle/ITTO

A worker inspects a lumber stack at a community forest enterprise in Mexico. Productive forests provide a stable supply of important commodities such as timber to a growing global population while also alleviating poverty, fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity. Photo: G. Dieterle/ITTO

Productive forests and their associated supply chains are crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, according to ITTO’s Executive Director, Dr Gerhard Dieterle.

Speaking at the International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-Free Global Supply Chains to Contribute to Halting Deforestation, held on 23–24 January 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Dieterle said that while deforestation had been the subject of considerable global deliberation, forest degradation had been underestimated.

“In our view, forest degradation is a significant omission from the international forest regime and needs urgent attention,” he said.

Forest degradation makes a major contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the capacity of forests to supply local, national and global markets with essential forest products, said Dr Dieterle. On the other hand, sustainably managed forests can provide the world’s growing population with a stable supply of essential commodities such as timber, fibre, woodfuel and many non-wood products while alleviating poverty, fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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ITTO to co-host upcoming symposium on deforestation-free supply chains

ITTO is partnering with the Forestry Agency of Japan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and others to host an international conference in Tokyo with the aim of scaling up efforts to halt deforestation by encouraging deforestation-free supply chains.

The International Symposium on the Promotion of Deforestation-free Global Supply Chains for Contributing to Halt Deforestation will take place on 23–24 January 2018. Among other things, it will report on the status of the commitment – made in New York in 2015 – to halt deforestation globally by 2030, and help spread good practices in the private sector in Japan and elsewhere toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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2nd European Symposium on Pollarding Towards a circular economy at the landscape level
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4th International Wood Trade Encounter 2018 Jakarta
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China Wood Industry Tour
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