You are here: Home Knowledge Base Environment Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests Solutions Strengthen land rights, access to legal markets, finance and technology to support the role of sustainable use of forest resources as a secure long-term income source for local communities.
Symposium 2012

Solution for Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests

The Challenge

Forests are one of the world's major sources of ecosystem goods and services, including timber and water provision, carbon sequestration and biological diversity. Yet, destructive logging and increasi ...

Forests are one of the world's major sources of ecosystem goods and services, including timber and water provision, carbon sequestration and biological diversity. Yet, destructive logging and increasing global demand for agricultural area for food, feed and bioenergy production continue to put pressure on forests, leading to loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services. Without any action, this contributes to the development that future generations might inherit a planet with a much poorer life web and unstable climate than today, which turns the protection and restoration of World's forests into one of the prominent ethical issues of our time.

Strengthen land rights, access to legal markets, finance and technology to support the role of sustainable use of forest resources as a secure long-term income source for local communities.

Local communities have proved to be a key element in forest protection as forests provide them with income sources and food. To enhance the sustainable use of forests, different measures are necessary.

First, land tenure rights need to be strengthened in many parts of the world to allow secure investment in the sustainable use of forest resources and empower communities to exclude external agents of deforestation.

Second, access to legal markets for forest products and combatting illegal logging are key elements for converting sustainable logging and extraction of other forest nontimber products such as resins and fibers, into a profitable activity.

Third, access to legal markets also implies access to finance so that is becomes possible to invest in sustainable forest management.

Fourth, access to innovation and technology is necessary for efficient and sustainable activities.

    Related Solutions

    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

    Polity, Business
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    Expand the REDD+ initiative for forest preservation with contingent payments based on proven performance beyond deforestation to forest degradation and carbon stocks.

    Expand the REDD+ initiative for forest preservation with contingent payments based on proven performance beyond deforestation to forest degradation and carbon stocks.

    Expand the REDD+ initiative for forest preservation with contingent payments based on proven performance beyond deforestation to forest degradation and carbon stocks.

    Polity, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

    Polity, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
    Symposium 2012

    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society