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Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

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  • Published on: 19 Jul 2011
  • Source: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
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Rio+20 Briefing #2: Forests and the green economy
Studies have overwhelmingly found that forests can be a powerful tool for sustainable economic development and successful global transition to a green economy if action plans are implemented over a carefully planned governance framework.

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will have the opportunity to draft a framework of forest governance schemes with the context of the global initiative to transition to a green economy. Products and services from forests not only constitute a significant portion of the global economy but they are also tools that can instigate sustainable development within the context of a green economy. Forest management, meanwhile, adds to production and services by bolstering the green job market. Reports produced by UNEP, UNECE - in cooperation with the FAO, and the Pardee Center all make the case that forests must play a major role in transitioning to a more sustainable economic system.

World forest cover continues to shrink by 13 million hectares a year. With the world?s population expected to hit 9 billion by 2050 and consumption per capita on the rise, the pressure to tear down forests for urban construction and agricultural use will undoubtedly intensify. The competition in developing countries over use of agricultural land for food production or for biofuel cultivation will put forests at even greater risk. Coupled with the destructive effects of climate change on land, such as desertification in Africa and land erosion in costal nations, forests worldwide are increasingly under threat. The global economic downturn, multiple financial crises, and competition over use of dwindling natural resources are also major factors accelerating deforestation.

At Rio+20, the international community will have to tackle the issue of how forest governance can attribute veracious figures to the natural capital of the forestry sector in order for the green economy to meet its potential. In order to ensure proper assessment of forest values, a variety of stakeholders from across the world are being included in the process. These stakeholders range from local and international nongovernmental organisations to governments, international organisations, forest governing bodies, biodiversity specialists and indigenous groups. The plethora of stakeholders is integral to proper policy assessment because forests span a wide range of issues including those of commodities to biodiversity, sustainable development to human rights issues and beyond.

Today, US$60 million is invested annually in the forestry sector. With increased public and private investment in green services, products, management, and employment, UNEP contends that the world will see a reduction in carbon emissions, an enhancement of resource efficiency, and a reduced loss of forest biodiversity. UNEP has found that with an additional .034 percent of world GDP - US$40 billion - invested annually in the forestry sector, deforestation could be halved and value added in forestry could be raised US$600 billion by 2050.
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