Joint CPF Statement October 2020

Forests and tree landscapes should be at the heart of building back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) said in a joint statement.

CPF members, including IUFRO, agreed that "the global community cannot allow this pandemic to reverse hard-won progress in protecting forests, reducing and reversing forest loss and degradation and boosting the sustainable production and trade of agricultural and forest products."

In light of this, they prepared a joint statement entitled "Towards sustainability: forest solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic", which was released at the margins of FAO's Committee on Forestry on 12 October 2020.

IUFRO was involved in drafting the statement. One of the actions included in the Statement explicitly refers to science: "Assert that now is the time to shift to more sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of living based on the best available scientific knowledge, expertise and reliable data to create healthy and productive ecosystems that serve nature and people alike."

Further information and link to the full statement:

English statement:
English website:
French website:
French statement:
Spanish website:
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Download full English statement as PDF:

CPF-Statement-on-COVID-12Oct2020.pdf8.04 Mi
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