IUFRO and WWF sign Memorandum of Understanding
(Curitiba, 4 October 2019) The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the 25th IUFRO World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil. WWF as one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations and IUFRO as a global research network interconnecting forests, science and people, are represented in more than 100 countries of the world.
"With this Memorandum of Understanding we wish to establish formal collaboration with the aim to contribute more strongly to the achievement of global sustainability, climate and biodiversity goals,” said Alexander Buck, Executive Director of IUFRO.
"Opportunities for collaboration are grouped around the momentum of global processes, nature-based solutions and the role of forests,” said Pablo Pacheco, Global Forest Lead Scientist, WWF.
"Both WWF and IUFRO are in a position to jointly make significant contributions to these global agendas by connecting forest-related science, policy and communication,” he added.
This collaboration will enable IUFRO and WWF to improve knowledge, synthesize lessons and develop thought leadership on approaches for effectively enhancing social and environmental benefits of forests. Such approaches include forest landscape restoration and sustainable landscapes, the potential contributions of different types of forest-related options to climate and sustainable development goals, and the contributions of planted forests to a low-carbon future society.
Media contact: Gerda Wolfrum, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), wolfrum(at)iufro.org
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is the only worldwide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences. Its members are research institutions, universities, and individual scientists as well as decision-making authorities and other stakeholders with a focus on forests and trees: https://www.iufro.org/
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