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Forests in a post-COVID economy: lessons from Thailand

XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022









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    The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) is a statutory body that guides the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on issues concerning the sustainable production, utilization and consumption of forest products. It also serves as a forum for dialogue between FAO and the private sector, identifying strategic actions across forest sector value-chains in order to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this statement, the ACSFI and its members call upon FAO, its member countries, the private sector and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen their commitment to building back better in a post-COVID-19 world, through fostering the ongoing development of a forest-based bioeconomy, wherein sustainable production, utilization, and consumption amount to a key strategy in halting climate change, achieving multiple SDGs, ensuring inclusive growth and safeguarding the livelihoods of billions of people dependent on forests and forest-based industries.
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    Building back a better post-COVID-19 world with sustainable forest products 2020
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    Following the impact of COVID 19 on the forest sector, the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) and its members call upon FAO, the private sector and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen their engagement on a statement. In the statement, the ACSFI advises those developing strategies to build back better after the COVID-19 crisis that sustainable forest-based industries provide a range of benefits. These include forest products, sustainable livelihoods, green jobs, support to sustainable food systems through the production of wood energy and long-term management of forest resources, as well as tangible contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Forest Goals of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests.
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    Assessing the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities: A case study of communities in Oluwa forest reserve, Nigeria
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Though the COVID-19 pandemic is primarily a health crisis, it has a worldwide impact on the communities and economies. This impact has resulted in global socio-economic disruptions and diminished people’s livelihoods. Meanwhile, forests provide economical and livelihood support for many people around the world. For example, one-fifth of the global population depend on forest products for livelihoods and forty per cent of the extreme poor in rural areas live in and on forests. However, restrictions on physical activities as a measure to combat the pandemic also impacted forestry activities, which has put forest-based livelihoods at risk. Quantifying the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on forest-based livelihoods could help to better support and economically empowered people whose lives depend on the forests. Therefore, six communities were randomly selected in and around Oluwa forest reserve, Nigeria and a structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data from respondents using purposive sampling. The data collected was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics to understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities in Oluwa forest reserve in Nigeria. The findings from this study could be a valuable resource to rebound from the impact of the crisis. Additionally, this study could potentially strengthen the response to the pandemic and improve the resilience of forest-dependent communities. Keywords: COVID-19; communities; forest-dependents; forest reserve; Nigeria ID: 3623746

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