UN DESA concludes sustainable forest management essential for the success of Rio+20

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) concluded this month with a two-day High-level Ministerial Segment. The event consisted of round table discussions seeking to identify the steps necessary to integrate forests and people to further poverty eradication whilst limiting widespread deforestation.

The Segment focused on several issues including the people-centred forest approach, finance for forest-depending communities, cross-sectoral and cross-institutional forestry approaches.

The open dialogue discussions saw Member States emphasise the significance of the launch of the International year of Forests (IYF) initiative in further promoting sustainable forest management, whilst also recognising the importance of well regulated forestry for economic, social and environmental development.

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