Major opportunities for green investment exist and are linked, among others, to the increased use of wood in green building management and renewable energy generation, sustainable management of existing forests, reforestation, agro-forestry and forest recreation. Therefore, investing in SFM means that nearly 10 million new green jobs could be created, providing long-term employment opportunities for rural people and fostering pro-poor sustainable development in many developing countries. On top of that, such an investment would also make a major sustainable long-term contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, since forests and trees are vital storehouses of carbon.
Within this mindset, and in view of the Forum’s multi-year programme of work (2007-2015), its 9th session scheduled for January 2011, will consider the overall theme of “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication” and at its 10th session, in 2013, the overall theme of “Forests and economic development”. Both themes will address the inter-related impacts of the crisis on forests and people and forests and development. As a result of UNFF8, the Forum Secretariat is also requested to: