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The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a high-level intergovernmental policy forum. The forum includes all United Nations member states and permanent observers, the UNFF Secretariat, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, Regional Organizations and Processes and Major Groups.

Turkey is one of the member country of UNFF. Turkey is also nominated as a host country in 2013 for the UNFF 10 for the first time in UNFF history. UNFF sessions always held in New York – USA.

UNFF 17 SIDE EVENT TITLE: “Strengthening international cooperation on forest fire management and restoration activities in line with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration”

What UNFF17 agenda item is this event most relevant to, and how? 

Item 3a: Global Forest Goal 1 aims to reverse the loss of forest cover worldwide through sustainable forest management, including protection, restoration, afforestation and reforestation, and increase efforts to prevent forest degradation and contribute to the global effort of addressing climate change. Under this goal, there are four targets: (i) increase of forest area by 3 percent worldwide; (ii) maintenance and enhancement of the world’s forest carbon stocks; (iii) promotion of the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halting deforestation, restoration of degraded forests and substantial increase of afforestation and reforestation globally; and (iv) significantly strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of all types of forests to natural disasters and the impact of climate change.

The event is related to the thematic priority of “reversing the loss of forest cover” of Biennium 2021-2022. The event will provide updated information about the activities implemented in Turkey by focusing on forest fire management to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of forests to natural disasters and the impact of climate change, and forest restoration to rehabilitate degraded forests, enhance forest carbon stocks, ensure sustainable forest management and contribute to climate change mitigation through afforestation and reforestation.

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