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New UNFF Clearing House on Forest Financing Launched!

A new website on forest financing was launched by the UN Forum on Forest Secretariat today. The UNFF Clearing House on Forest Financing (https://forest-finance.un.org/) is an interactive platform for the exchange of information on forest financing opportunities, lessons learned and best practices. The Clearing House is part of the UNFF’s Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network. […]


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IDF 2021: UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message

Humanity’s well-being is inextricably linked to the health of our planet. Forests play a crucial role. Forests filter the air we breathe and the water we drink. They regulate our climate, absorbing one third of the global greenhouse gases emitted each year. Forests provide habitat to 80 per cent of all known terrestrial species, many […]


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IDF 2021: Forest restoration provides a path to pandemic recovery, greener future (UN News)

Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic should lead to stronger action to safeguard the world’s forests, a senior UN official said on Friday, highlighting how these natural resources have helped to protect health and well-being during the global crisis. Liu Zhenmin, head of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), issued the call during […]


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IDF 2021: Four things you need to know about forests and health

Forests are good for our physical and mental wellbeing. Spending time around trees helps boost our immune system, lowers blood pressure and promotes relaxation. From cleaner air to providing natural cooling and the freshwater we drink, forests support our health in ways that may not be visible. 1. Forests provide us medicines Many of the […]


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Forest financing holds the key to sustainable recovery from COVID-19

As the impacts of COVID-19 on economies and societies continue to undermine progress towards sustainable development, the United Nations today called for the inclusion of forest financing in efforts to recover from the pandemic. “Forests offer nature-friendly solutions to recover from social and economic impacts of the pandemic,” said Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge of the UNFF […]


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Know a forest champion? Nominate them for the 2021 Wangari Maathai Award!

Do you know someone who has made exceptional contributions to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to raise awareness of the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women, youth and the environment? Nominate this person for the 2021 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award. The award was established by the Collaborative […]


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New policy brief on forests and COVID-19 released

As countries continue to battle the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations today called for the inclusion of sustainable forest-based actions in COVID-19 recovery programmes and policies. “Historically, forests have served as a safety net in times of crisis,” says Alexander Trepelkov, Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat. “This […]


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Earth Day message from Alexander Trepelkov, OIC, UNFFS

Today as we celebrate Earth Day, we have an opportunity to renew our commitment for a better, brighter future for people and the planet. As communities unite in concerted action to combat the global pandemic, we must not forget that our wellbeing also depends on the health of our planet and its ecosystems. Over 1.6 […]


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IDF 2020: UN Secretary-General’s message

Forests cover some 30 per cent of our planet’s land area and are home to 80 per cent of all terrestrial species. The ecosystem services they provide to humanity range from purifying air and water to producing foods, medicines and wood and paper products. Forests sustain essential watersheds and influence the global climate and rainfall […]


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IDF 2020: ECOSOC President’s message

Forests and their sustainable management have long been a priority for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Twenty years ago, the Council established the UN Forum on Forests as a global intergovernmental policy body to deliberate on all aspects of forests and trees. The Forum serves as the voice of the international […]


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