Forests: a GLF Climate reading list

Brush up on the state of forests ahead of GLF Climate alongside COP26

Forests cover some 30 percent of the world's land surface and store almost 300 gigatons of carbon. Victoria Feliniak, Unsplash
29 October 2021
29 October 2021

As the planet continues to heat up, forests are increasingly recognized as a key climate change mitigation tool thanks to their carbon sequestration powers, while also providing a host of other ecosystem services that benefit us all. Yet they remain in danger due to large-scale deforestation, fires and other threats. The Global Landscapes Forum will devote the first day (5 November) of its upcoming conference alongside COP26, GLF Climate, to forests. Here, experts from around the world will discuss international restoration commitments, the role of local communities and Indigenous peoples, and the sustainable use of forests for production.

Here’s a quick pre-conference reading list to get you started, and to join the event, digitally or in-person, get your ticket here, and learn more about the other days on food systems and sustainable finance.

Forgotten Forests (series)

A serial exploration into the planet’s most precious – yet neglected – tropical forests

A montane forest in Brunei. Brunei Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, CIFOR
A montane forest in Brunei. Brunei Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, CIFOR

Check out the full agenda here.


Where – and why – is agroforestry hiding?

A clear solution to climate change is going largely overlooked

Agroforestry has been proven to increase land productivity and resilience to climate change in landscapes across the world. Devashree Nayak, World Agroforestry Centre
Agroforestry has been proven to increase land productivity and resilience to climate change in landscapes across the world. Devashree Nayak, World Agroforestry Centre

Interested in agroforestry? Be sure to attend the “Landscapes for Forests and Food” session. (5 November, 18:00-19:00 GMT)


In Latin America and the Caribbean, ecosystem restoration climbs in climate comitments

Insight into this year’s discussions between the 18 countries of Initiative 20×20

Baños de Agua Santa, a city in Ecuador at the gateway to the Amazon Basin. Andrés Medina, Unsplash
Baños de Agua Santa, a city in Ecuador at the gateway to the Amazon Basin. Andrés Medina, Unsplash

Learn more about nature-based solutions in Latin America in “Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Action in Latin America.” (5 November, 11:00-12:15 GMT)


Nearly a third of the world’s tree species threatened with extinction, says report

Global assessment aims to catalogue all tree species and their conservation status

A pine tree in Uttarakhand, India. Anuj Yadav, Unsplash
A pine tree in Uttarakhand, India. Anuj Yadav, Unsplash

Find out how forests can transform societies and economies in “Leveraging the Power of Forests and Trees for Climate Resilience.” (5 November, 09:00-10:30 GMT)


Ending natural forest loss by 2030

Commitment capsule: New York Declaration on Forests

The Buluq Sen landscape in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Nanang Sujana, CIFOR
The Buluq Sen landscape in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Nanang Sujana, CIFOR

Hear more about the New York Declaration on Forests in “The NYFD: A Renewed Call to Action.” (5 November, 16:00-17:30 GMT)


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