Forestry

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Publications

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
International Resource Panel (IRP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Forests make up 31 per cent of the land area on our planet and are a direct source of food, energy and income for more than a billion of the world’s poorest people; they also store carbon and mitigate climate change, preserve water and soil health, and prevent desertification. However, many forests are not being sustainably managed and the world’s forested area is declining, mainly because of land use changes and agricultural expansion.

Green growth policies can be used to strengthen the forest sector while generating higher value from natural assets. For example, consumer and business demand for certified wood products is growing, and the area of certified forest has increased from 3.24 million hectares in 1995 to 180.44 million hectares in 2013 (Biodiversity Indicator Partnership, 2014). The Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) scheme offers financial incentives to developing countries that reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation while investing in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. With the right programmes and policies, forestry can lead the way towards sustainable, greener economies, including higher incomes and jobs.

Relevance to SDGs

Forestry is particularly relevant to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 around issues of biologically diversity, deforestation and the restoration of degraded forests.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 15: 

SDG 15.2
            Conservation            
   SDG 15.b
Management and Financing

Projects

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Natural Capital Coalition

Learning Products

Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Insights

Finance experts Iain Henderson and Johan Kieft, in Jakarta for the Forests Asia Summit; and Sean Kidney, at the Abu Dhabi UN Ascent, look into all the exciting around green bonds as a mechanism to finance sustainable land use.
UNEP’s new International Resource Panel report shows how REDD+ must move from pilot project to mainstream if the world is to significantly reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, ecosystem degradation and loss of biodiversity.
William Shubert of Internews worked to develop the ground-breaking InfoAmazonia platform with CDKN support; now he’s the project manager for a similar initiative in Indonesia, called Ekuatorial, which launches last week. He explains how these geojournalism projects have developed – and what potential they hold.