KKL-JNF at the 12th Annual United Nations Forum on Forests

May 7, 2017 16:06
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KKL-JNF at the 12th Annual United Nations Forum on Forests. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

As an internationally recognized leader in the fields of afforestation in semi-arid regions, combatting desertification, and more, KKL-JNF represented Israel at the twelfth United Nations Forum on Forests that is taking place in New York from 1st-5th of May.


The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) is an international forum for forest policy. Members in the forum include all member states of the United Nations, observers, the forum secretariat and a number of forestry-related organizations. The forum was founded in the year 2000 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The twelfth convention of the Forum, which is taking place in New York from May 1-5, is focusing on the implementation of the United Nations’ Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF), and is putting an emphasis on alleviating poverty, ensuring food security and gender equality.


KKL-JNF Chief Forester Dr. David Brand said that “as part of KKL-JNF’s international activities and participation at international forums, Johannes Guagnin, Foreign Relations and Research Coordinator for KKL-JNF’s Afforestation Department, took part in UNFF 12. We worked very closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli delegation to the United Nations, and thanks to their help, Johannes delivered a lecture on Israel and KKL-JNF’s achievements in the fields of forestry and afforestation at the conference.”


Thirty percent of the earth’s surface is covered by forests that provide food, income and clean air for the planet’s inhabitants. However, the forests are under threat from unsustainable practices, the impact of climate change, and rapid urbanization. UNFF 12 has an ambitious target – to increase forest area by 3% by the year 2030. The goal is to ensure that the world’s forests will continue to stay healthy for the present and future generations.    


Read more about KKL-JNF at UNFF and see photos

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