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World Forestry Congress (WFC) adopts Seoul Forest Declaration

Recently the 15th World Forestry Congress (WFC) has supported the “Seoul Forest Declaration” (SFD).

The World Forestry Congress is a forum for the exchange of ideas between governments, civil society and the private sector. It also makes recommendations related to forestry, which are implemented at national, regional and global levels.

This Congress is being organized under the aegis of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since 1954. It is usually held every six years.

This year’s theme was: “Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future”.

The Seoul Forest Declaration focuses on identifying key areas that can help tackle the many crises facing humanity.

These include the following:

  • The responsibility of forests should be shared and integrated among all institutions, sectors and stakeholders.
  • Globally, investments in forest and landscape restoration need to be tripled by This will help meet the internationally agreed targets of reclamation of degraded land.
  • New green financing mechanism needs to be considered for increasing investment in forest conservation, restoration etc.
  • Sustainably produced wood must be used for:
  • To bring change in the construction sector,
  • To provide renewable energy,
  • To provide new innovative materials, and
  • To move towards a cyclical bio-economy and climate neutrality.

Other initiatives taken at the World Forestry Congress –

  • Assuring the Future of Forests with Integrated Risk Management (AFFIRM): This will help individual countries to better understand, manage and deal with forest fires.
  • Sustaining an Abundance of Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) i.e. “SAFE” initiative has been started.
  • Earlier initiatives like ‘Youth Statements on Forests’ and ‘Ministerial Call on Sustainable Woods’ have also been started.

Source – The Hindu

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