Joint Publications


Forests, Energy and Livelihoods

A new Issue Brief was launched during the 18th session of the UN Forum on Forests.

The Issue Brief Forests, Energy and Livelihoods  aims to inform discussions at the hybrid global event at UNHQ in New York, convened on 4 April by the Bureau of the 18th session of the UNFF and ahead of the UN General Assembly Summit on Sustainable Development Goals in September.

More integrated approaches between forests, energy and livelihoods can accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a joint brief published on 4 April 2023 by the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"Particularly given the current global economic situation, the prospect of a global recession and increased energy and commodity prices, it is vital to recognize the role of forests and sustainable management of forests in achieving sustainable development," the four organizations say in the brief.

"Forests provide solutions for addressing many developmental challenges. More than 1.6 billion people worldwide strongly depend on forests for food, medicine, fuel and for their livelihoods."

IUFRO's Dr. Nelson Grima is one of the lead authors of the Issue Brief. He says, "It is also imperative to invest in the advancement of forest-related research in all its different fields, both at the theoretical and implementation level, considering the needs and knowledge of stakeholder groups."

Issue Brief: Forests, Energy and Livelihoods

Video recording of UNFF session