As the main carbon terrestrial sink on earth, forests are our best allies in the face of climate emergency. On a global scale, they absorb and store around 30% of current levels of carbon emissions in their biomass, soils and within the wood products derived from forestry.
The Global Forest Summit, to be held online on 12 March, will bring together leaders of international organisations, members of governments, business leaders, representatives of NGOs, indigenous communities and forest stakeholders to accelerate action to protect and restore the world’s forests.
The conference will take place live on March 12, 2021, from 9:00–19:00 CET and is organised by Reforest’Action and the Open Diplomacy Institute. The programme includes an opening panel, five roundtables and a closing panel. EFI Director, Marc Palahí, joins the high-level speakers, including:
- Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for the Environment
- Selwin Hart, Assistant Secretary-General of the UN for Climate Emergency
- Isabelle Durant, Acting Secretary-General of the UN Conference for Trade and Development
- Thelma Krug, Vice-chair of the IPCC
- León Jorge Castaños, Director-General of the National Commission on Forests of Mexico, Chair of the Committee of Forests of the FAO
- Jane Goodall, Primatologist and Anthropologist