Member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat; International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO); United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat; World Agroforestry (ICRAF); and World Bank)
The side event to promote the role of forests in time of crisis with a focus on sustainable production and consumption patterns to turn the tide on deforestation. In April 2021, at the margins of the sixteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF16), the CPF launched its joint statement “Challenges and Opportunities in Turning the Tide on Deforestation, building on the outcomes and recommendations of the 2018 CPF International Conference “From Aspiration to Action – working together to halt deforestation and increase forest area”. Halting deforestation is an essential lever in the Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs by 2030, and for confronting the “quadruple planetary emergency,” comprising a climate crisis, a nature crisis, an inequality crisis and a global health crisis. It requires concerted action by governments, the private sector and civil society to achieve transformational change in food systems and to promote sustainable agricultural and forest value chains that halt deforestation. Despite the progress made in some regions, the world failed to meet SDG target 15.2 to halt deforestation by 2020. An estimated 420 million hectares of forest – the area of India and Portugal combined – have been lost through deforestation since 1990. Sustainable production and consumption (SDG 12) is an integral part of transforming agricultural and food systems to become more sustainable, climate-smart and deforestation-free. Climate goals cannot be met without halting deforestation as it accounts for 11 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.