Political will has been said to be crucial to maintaining productive, diverse and healthy forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
This was highlighted at the just concluded international conference held by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and hosted by FAO, in Rome.
The Conference had 300 participants representing a wide range of government institutions from forestry, agriculture, livestock and environment, as well as the private sector.
Participants highlighted the need for the stability of livelihoods and the role of forests as providers of ecosystem services, recognizing the many “hidden” values of forests, such as pollination, and by enhancing simple and direct systems of payments for ecosystem services.
The commuque of the conference will be presented to the UN Forum on Forests taking place in May this year.