تمت ارشفة منتديات نبع الفرات
International (Forat) -The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC) concluded in Durban, South Africa.
The largest gathering on forests this decade set out its vision of how forests and forestry should look in 2050, while adopting the Durban Declaration after a week of debate.
The vision calls for the forests of the future to be "fundamental" for food security and improved livelihoods.
Forests and trees must also be integrated with other land uses such as agriculture in order to address the causes of deforestation and conflict over land, according to the declaration.
Finally, sustainably managed forests must be an "essential solution" to combating climate change, optimizing their ability to absorb and store carbon while also providing other environmental services.
The declaration outlines a series of actions needed to realize the vision, including further investment in forest education, communication, research and the creation of jobs, especially for young people.
It also stresses the need for new partnerships among the forest, agriculture, finance, energy, water and other sectors, and strong engagement with indigenous peoples and local communities.
"The declaration reflects the extremely rich and diverse set of viewpoints and experiences of all participants in the Congress, who recommended ways to make the vision a reality," said Tiina Vahanen, Deputy Director of Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) .
The Congress underlined that forests are critical to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a message to the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, which will meet later this month in New York to adopt the 2030 development agenda.
The Congress also issued a message to the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, set to meet in Paris in December 2015 to hash out a new global climate change agreement.
The Congress also saw the launch of an international five-year forests and water action plan to recognize the role of trees and forests in maintaining the water cycle, and to ensure appropriate management of one of the world's largest sources of freshwater./End/
شكرا جزيلا لك على الطرح