Building on the Nexus of Forests, Energy and Livelihoods to Accelerate Achievement of the SDGs

The UNFF Bureau-led hybrid event on 4 April comes as the global communities face multiple complex crises including poverty, inequality, global warming, biodiversity loss and extreme weather events caused by climate change.

These crises have been exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global growth prospects have weakened significantly amid these crises, which have raised energy, food and commodity prices and disrupted supply chains and global trade.

With a particular focus on the contribution forests can make to wood-based bioenergy, the event will discuss the pros and cons of bioenergy, the means to address its negative impacts and ensure access to efficient, clean bioenergy while reversing deforestation and forest degradation, biodiversity loss, climate change and improving livelihoods.

In preparation for the September UN Summit, the event aims to showcase the nexus between forests, energy and livelihoods and encourage sharing of ideas on how to promote more integrated policy actions to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, most notably SDG1 on ending poverty, SDG2 on ending hunger and SDG 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

Among the speakers is IUFRO's Dr. Nelson Grima, one of the lead authors of an Issue Brief on Forests, Energy and Livelihoods to be launched during the event.



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