Forestry Web-Seminar Week
22.06.2020 to 25.06.2020
Start 12:00, End 15:00
The COVID-19 Forestry Web-Seminar Week will feature a series of virtual sessions in the week in which COFO and the World Forest Week were originally scheduled. The sessions comprise high-level events as well as technical thematic sessions. Thematic sessions are organized by the FAO’s Forestry Department with partners within and outside FAO.
As the COVID pandemic continues to spread around the globe, multiple impacts become visible. This will affect forests and forestry in many ways. Businesses are disrupted along almost all value chains. People are losing jobs and income, and some migrate back to rural areas. There is also an increased risk of further deforestation and degradation of the natural resource basis from which people make their living – with long-term negative consequences to producers and society.
Forestry and forest-based sectors have a key role to play in providing solutions. Forests act as safety nets for the most vulnerable members of society, providing food, subsistence and income in times of scarcity and thereby increasing resilience to shocks such as the current one. With the right incentives, they can provide sustainable jobs and income and become a source of economic prosperity and sustainable development. Find more information on the impacts of COVID-19 on the forest sector.