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Covid 19: Forests offering solutions to recovery – International Day of Forests
The UN Day of Forests celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national, and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for 2021 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”.

Our webinar will highlight the significant role forests play for the health of people, animals, and the environment. It will highlight the Future Policy Gold Award Winner Rwanda’s Forest Policy. We will also hear about the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative, the most ambitious climate-change adaptation and mitigation response under implementation worldwide. It seeks to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land, sequester 250 million tonnes of carbon and create 10 million green jobs by 2030, while greening landscapes in an 8 000 km belt across Africa’s drylands. Vast areas of degraded land elsewhere would also become highly productive again if restored with local tree species and other vegetation. The webinar is part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which aims to accelerate action for the protection and restoration of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature.

Speakers:

Jan McAlpine, former Director, UN Forum on Forests, Councillor, World Future Council (confirmed)

Wanjira Mathai, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute, Chair, Wangari Maathai Foundation, and Councillor, World Future Council (confirmed)

Dr. Jeanne D’Arc Mujawamarija, Minister of Environment (confirmed)

Ms. Louise Baker, Managing Director for the Global Mechanism, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (confirmed)

Moderator: Alexandra Wandel, Chair, Management Board, World Future Council (confirmed)

More speakers will be confirmed soon!
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