Thank you for attending the virtual launch of the refreshed New York Declaration on Forests!

The event was a tremendous success filled with critical insights from the outstanding panelists and speakers. We were joined by:

You can find a full recording here and the PowerPoint slides from the session here.

To read more about the refresh process and updates to the NYDF Declaration, visit https://forestdeclaration.org/a-renewed-call-to-action/


Looking Ahead: UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow
COP26 marks a pivotal moment for countries to set ambitious trajectories to build a sustainable world. Forests are the natural climate solution with the largest mitigation potential, and the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) remains one of the most comprehensive frameworks for forest action.

On November 5, 2021 (4:00 pm GMT - 5:30 pm GMT | 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST), the NYDF will host an event within the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Climate Conference to elevate leading voices from government, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, youth, civil society and the private sector to showcase how to shift from commitment to action through ambitious political action and positive investment.

We invite you to join this event [NYDF: A Renewed Call To Action] by registering for GLF's Climate Conference and setting a bookmark for the NYDF event on Nov. 5th. More event details on confirmed speakers and agenda will be shared soon.
Other COP26 Events on Forests (more to come):
Gender: The Key to Unlocking Transformational Change in Climate-Forest Finance
Wednesday, October 27th
(Click here to register)

COP Presidency World Leaders’ Summit: Forest and Land Use Action Event
Tuesday, Nov 2nd | 9:15 – 12:45 GMT
(See full Presidency Programme here)

5 Great Forests for Mesoamerica
Wednesday, November 3 | 11-12:30 at GEF/GCF Pavilion
(Read more from WCS Newsroom)

Financing Forest Action: Investing in Forests to Address the Climate Crisis
Thursday, November 4th | 14:45 GMT+1  
(Click here to register) . . . .

The COP Presidency and the Nature 4 Climate Coalition have organized November 6th as Nature Day.
(See full COP26 programme here for more details.)

Emerging Policy Approaches For Intact Forest Conservation

Saturday, November 6 | 17:00-18:30 GMT
(Click here to register)

SDG 15 Event: High-level Dialogue of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests: Upscaling Actions to Turn the Tide on Deforestation
Saturday, November 6
(Click here for more details)
 
Marrakech Partnership: Land Use Action Event
Saturday, November 6
(Click here for more details)

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The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Global Platform invites you to the virtual launch of the refreshed NYDF on October 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 to 14:30 UTC | 21:00 to 23:00 UTC+8.

Lack of progress towards the intermediate 2020 targets initially outlined in the NYDF motivated the NYDF community to reinvigorate political will to meet the 2030 NYDF goal of ending deforestation. To this end, the NYDF Global Platform launched a participatory “refresh” process to renew the Declaration and catalyze a shift from commitment to collective action towards meeting the NYDF goals.

During this launch event, participants will review alterations to the Declaration and the NYDF Global Platform informed by this collaborative “refresh” process, learn about the upcoming NYDF Progress Assessment Report, and reflect on the enduring value and significance of the NYDF as a driver of forest action in this decade and beyond.

Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the “refresh” process and the revised Declaration. Speakers will include members of the NYDF Global Platform and NYDF Assessment, NYDF endorsers, senior officials from donor and forest countires, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, and senior staff from environmental organizations and companies.

To RSVP, please follow this link.

La Plataforma Global de la Declaración de Nueva York sobre los Bosques (NYDF) le invita al lanzamiento virtual de la actualización de la NYDF el 13 de octubre de 2021 de 9:00 a 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 a 14:30 UTC | 21:00 a 23:00 UTC+8.. . . .
La falta de progreso hacia los objetivos intermedios de 2020 inicialmente esbozados en el NYDF motivó a la comunidad del NYDF a revigorizar la voluntad política para cumplir el objetivo del NYDF de 2030 de acabar con la deforestación. Para ello, la Plataforma Global del NYDF puso en marcha un proceso participativo de "actualización" para renovar la Declaración y catalizar el paso del compromiso a la acción colectiva para alcanzar los objetivos del NYDF.

Durante este evento de lanzamiento, los participantes revisarán las modificaciones de la Declaración y de la Plataforma Global del NYDF que se derivan de este proceso de "actualización" colaborativa, conocerán el próximo Informe de Evaluación de los Avances del NYDF y reflexionarán sobre el valor y la importancia duraderos del NYDF como motor de la acción forestal en esta década y más allá.

Los participantes también tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas sobre el proceso de "actualización" y la Declaración revisada. Entre los oradores estarán los miembros de la Plataforma Global del NYDF y de la Evaluación del NYDF, los partidarios del NYDF, los altos funcionarios de los países donantes y de los países forestales, los donantes bilaterales y multilaterales, y los altos funcionarios de las organizaciones y empresas medioambientales.

Para confirmar su asistencia, siga este enlace.

La plateforme mondiale de la Déclaration de New York sur les forêts (NYDF) vous invite au lancement virtuel de la version actualisée de la NYDF le 13 octobre 2021 de 9h00 à 10h30 EST | 13h00 à 14h30 UTC | 21h00 à 23h00 UTC+8.. . . .
L'absence de progrès vers les objectifs intermédiaires de 2020 initialement définis dans le NYDF a motivé la communauté NYDF à redynamiser la volonté politique d'atteindre l'objectif 2030 du NYDF, à savoir mettre fin à la déforestation. À cette fin, la plateforme mondiale du NYDF a lancé un processus participatif de "rafraîchissement" pour renouveler la déclaration et catalyser le passage de l'engagement à l'action collective pour atteindre les objectifs du NYDF.

Au cours de cet événement de lancement, les participants examineront les modifications apportées à la Déclaration et à la Plate-forme mondiale du FDNY à la suite de ce processus de "rafraîchissement" collaboratif, prendront connaissance du prochain rapport d'évaluation des progrès du FDNY et réfléchiront à la valeur et à l'importance durables du FDNY en tant que moteur de l'action forestière au cours de cette décennie et au-delà.

Les participants auront également l'occasion de poser des questions sur le processus de "rafraîchissement" et la déclaration révisée. Parmi les intervenants figureront des membres de la Plate-forme mondiale et de l'Évaluation de la FDNY, des partisans de la FDNY, des hauts fonctionnaires des pays donateurs et des pays forestiers, des donateurs bilatéraux et multilatéraux, et des cadres supérieurs d'organisations et d'entreprises environnementales.

Pour confirmer votre présence, veuillez suivre ce lien.



A Plataforma Global da Declaração de Nova Iorque sobre Florestas (NYDF) convida-o para o lançamento virtual da NYDF actualizada a 13 de Outubro de 2021 das 9:00 às 10:30 EST | 13:00 às 14:30 UTC | 21:00 às 23:00 UTC+8.. . . .
A falta de progressos em direcção aos objectivos intermédios para 2020 inicialmente delineados na NYDF motivou a comunidade da NYDF a revigorar a vontade política para cumprir o objectivo da NYDF de acabar com a desflorestação em 2030. Para este fim, a Plataforma Global da NYDF lançou um processo participativo de "renovação" para renovar a Declaração e catalisar uma mudança de compromisso para acção colectiva em direcção ao cumprimento dos objectivos da NYDF.

Durante este evento de lançamento, os participantes revisarão as alterações da Declaração e da Plataforma Global de NYDF informadas por este processo colaborativo de "atualização", aprenderão sobre o próximo Relatório de Avaliação de Progresso de NYDF e refletirão sobre o valor e o significado duradouro da NYDF como um motor da ação florestal nesta década e além.

Os participantes terão também a oportunidade de fazer perguntas sobre o processo de "actualização" e sobre a Declaração revista. Os oradores incluirão membros da Plataforma Global da NYDF e da Avaliação da NYDF, endossadores da NYDF, funcionários superiores de doadores e conselhos florestais, doadores bilaterais e multilaterais, e pessoal superior de organizações e empresas ambientais.

Para confirmar a sua presença, por favor siga este link.


REMINDER: There is one week left to register for the upcoming virtual launch of the refreshed NYDF on October 13, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 to 14:30 UTC | 21:00 to 23:00 UTC+8.

This event will:

Panelists and participants will include members of the NYDF Global Platform and NYDF Assessment, NYDF endorsers, senior officials from donor and forest countries, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, and senior staff from environmental organizations and companies.


RECORDATORIO: Queda una semana para inscribirse en el próximo lanzamiento virtual del renovado NYDF el 13 de octubre de 2021 de 9:00 a 10:30 AM EST | 13:00 a 14:30 UTC | 21:00 a 23:00 UTC+8.

En este evento:

Entre los panelistas y participantes se encontrarán miembros de la Plataforma Global del NYDF y de la Evaluación del NYDF, avalistas del NYDF, altos funcionarios de países donantes y forestales, donantes bilaterales y multilaterales, y personal directivo de organizaciones y empresas medioambientales.


RAPPEL: Il ne reste plus qu'une semaine pour s'inscrire au prochain lancement virtuel du nouveau NYDF le 13 octobre 2021 de 9h00 à 10h30 EST | 13h00 à 14h30 UTC | 21h00 à 23h00 UTC+8.

Dans cet événement :

Les panélistes et les participants comprendront des membres de la Plate-forme mondiale et de l'évaluation du NYDF, des partisans du NYDF, des hauts fonctionnaires des pays donateurs et des pays forestiers, des donateurs bilatéraux et multilatéraux, et des cadres supérieurs d'organisations et d'entreprises environnementales.


LEMBRETE: Falta uma semana para a inscrição no próximo lançamento virtual do NYDF renovado em 13 de Outubro de 2021 das 9:00 às 10:30 EST | 13:00 às 14:30 UTC | 21:00 às 23:00 UTC+8.

Neste caso:

Os membros do painel e participantes incluirão membros da Plataforma Global da NYDF e da Avaliação da NYDF, endossadores da NYDF, funcionários superiores de países doadores e países florestais, doadores bilaterais e multilaterais, e pessoal superior de organizações e empresas ambientais.

Progress toward 2030 forest goals

Only eight years remain to achieve the twin global goals of halting and reversing deforestation by 2030. Despite encouraging signs, not a single global indicator is on track to meet these 2030 goals of stopping forest loss and degradation and restoring 350 million hectares of forest landscape.

The 2022 Forest Declaration Assessment sheds a stark light on the state of global forest commitments but offers hope that achieving the 2030 forest goals is possible. The Assessment is presented as series of four reports on Overarching forest goals (Theme 1), Sustainable production and development (Theme 2), Finance for forests (Theme 3), and Forest governance (Theme 4)—all summarized in an Executive Summary.

Overarching forest goals

To be on course to halt deforestation completely by 2030, a 10 percent annual reduction is needed. However, deforestation rates around the world declined only modestly, in 2021, by 6.3 percent compared to the 2018-20 baseline. In the humid tropics, loss of irreplaceable primary forest decreased by only 3.1 percent.

Globally, forests became more degraded in 2021, but more slowly than during the 2018-20 baseline period; if continued, this slowdown may in time put the world on track to meet the 2030 target.

Tropical Asia is the only region currently on track to halt deforestation by 2030. While deforestation rates in Tropical Latin America and Africa decreased in 2021 relative to the 2018-20 baseline, those reductions are still insufficient to meet the 2030 goal.

Notable progress in afforestation and reforestation efforts over the last two decades have resulted in new forest new forest areas the size of Peru, with net gains of forest cover in 36 countries. However, overall losses exceeded gains over the same period, resulting in a net loss of 100 million hectares globally.

The building blocks for progress

Forest goals enshrined in the New York Declaration on Forests, the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use, the Bonn Challenge, and other pledges recognize that halting deforestation and restoring forests requires a wide array of actors and the need to balance environmental, social, and economic interests. These goals provide the most concrete statements of global ambition to protect and restore forests – which are critical to meeting the aspirations of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and many other global ambitions.

The accompanying reports from this Assessment—focused on sustainable production and development (Theme 2); finance for forests (Theme 3); and forest governance (Theme 4)—highlight critical actions that a variety of stakeholders must enact to meet their forests goals. Governments, companies, and civil society must collaborate to accelerate forest action, supported by transparency and accountability. Governments must carefully consider whether voluntary action is a viable foundation to achieve the 2030 forest goals, and how the role of mandatory action, disclosure, and accountability should be increased. Meanwhile, companies need to urgently increase the scope and stringency of corporate action, whether voluntary or mandated. A variety of private sector actors—companies, financial institutions, and philanthropies—have not yet leveraged their significant power to steer development and commodity production onto a sustainable trajectory in line with forest goals.

Additionally, funding for forests will need to dramatically increase – by up to 200 times – to meet 2030 goals. Indigenous Peoples and local communities, who are the most effective stewards and guardians of their forest territories, receive far less funding than their estimated finance needs for securing tenure rights and preserving forest ecosystems. Financial institutions and companies across sectors must recognize and act on the inherent business risks presented by deforestation and forest degradation and put in place measures and policies to combat this risk. Public sector actors must take concrete and far-reaching steps to implement and expand their finance commitments and align fiscal and financial policies with forest goals. Where private sector actors choose to invest in nature conservation and restoration, they must ensure that they are supporting high-quality and high-integrity interventions in line with the mitigation hierarchy and science-based targets.


Translations of the Executive Summary into Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Indonesian Bahasa are now available!


About the Assessment:

The Forest Declaration Assessment is a continual and collaborative process achieved collectively by civil society organizations and researchers, known as the Forest Declaration Assessment Partners. Previously the NYDF Progress Assessment, the Forest Declaration Assessment has since 2015 published annual updates on progress toward global forest goals. All assessment findings undergo a rigorous peer review process conducted by experts across the globe. Click here to learn more about the Forest Declaration Assessment.

Only eight years remain to achieve the twin global goals of halting and reversing deforestation by 2030. Despite encouraging signs, not a single global indicator is on track to meet these 2030 goals of of stopping forest loss and degradation and restoring 350 million hectares of forest landscape.

The 2022 Forest Declaration Assessment sheds a stark light on the state of global forest commitments but offers hope that achieving the 2030 forest goals is possible. The Assessment is presented as series of four reports on Overarching forest goals (Theme 1), Sustainable production and development (Theme 2), Finance for forests (Theme 3), and Forest governance (Theme 4)—all summarized in an Executive Summary.

Global demand for soft commodities like food and timber, and for mined commodities like fossil fuels and mined materials, continues to drive expansion of agriculture, extractive industries, and other land uses into forests. Deforestation is often enabled by the establishment of infrastructure, intentionally or unintentionally opening access to forests. The gravest forest risk comes from so-called megaprojects, which combine multiple types of transportation and energy infrastructure, along with sites of agricultural commodity production, natural resource extraction, and planned urbanization. Such projects are currently underway or planned in all major tropical forest regions.

Forests are under threat not only from global markets, but also from growing demand due to populations in forest areas and urban centers. Billions of people, particularly Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPs and LCs), rely on forests for their subsistence or pursue small-scale commercial activities that sustain livelihoods. These activities, too, can lead to deforestation or permanent degradation when demand pressure outpaces the rate of regeneration.

Findings

We are not on track to achieve the private sector goal to eliminate deforestation from agricultural supply chains by 2025. Commodity-driven tree cover loss declined by 6 percent in 2021 compared to previous years (2018-20), but deforestation rates are still higher than in any year before 2016 and are far from the trajectory (20% reduction per year) needed to reach the 2025 target (see Figure).

Almost all national governments have adopted ambitious forest goals under the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 indicating broad alignment with the aim of achieving sustainable production and development. Dozens of developing countries have forest strategies in the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), laying the groundwork for important reforms—and, in some cases, driving important policy changes. In most cases, however, these programs have not yet yielded a reduction in deforestation, and only a handful of countries have received payments for forest emission reductions. 

In most countries, governments have yet to make the bold sectoral reforms needed to protect forests. There is limited transparency on how policymakers integrate forest goals into their decision-making, and how they seek to avoid and mitigate forest risks across economic sectors. Land use policiessuch as fiscal incentives, environmental and social impact assessments, and protected area regulationsoften fail to integrate forest concerns, have loopholes in their design, or are weakly enforced. Even governments that have adopted “green growth” agendas still struggle to invest in economic growth that is aligned with forest goals.

Figure: Commodity driven deforestation, in million hectares, and the pathway toward 2025

Encouragingly, development interventions such as community forestry, payments for environmental services schemes, and extension services for farmers can address both poverty reduction and deforestation and forest degradation. However, there are very few examples of government-led poverty reduction programs that both prioritize forest impacts and are implemented at scale. An analysis of 23 countries found that most have community or collective forestry schemes in place, but only a few provide robust land tenure or promote economic development.

Similarly, the agriculture sector has not made sufficient progress in reducing deforestation from agricultural commodity production. Since the first NYDF Progress Assessment report in 2016, we have seen little progress removing deforestation from supply chains (NYDF Goal 2), and the transformative potential of voluntary company action has not yet been realized. To date, only a quarter of major global companies in the sector have announced a clear, comprehensive, and ambitious policy to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains; of those, only a few have made significant progress on implementation. Less than 20 percent of companies disclosing to CDP report near complete compliance with their zero deforestation commitments.

Corporate action in the extractives sector also remains limited. In response to investor demand, most mining companies have now adopted some form of corporate social responsibility or environmental, social, and governance approach, but these frameworks rarely include an explicit focus on forests. The pace of implementing responsible mining practices" by leading companies has slowed since 2020 compared to the proceeding years. Few companies have adopted voluntary mining sector sustainability standards that require them to address direct, indirect, and cumulative forest impacts. The mining sector recently made positive strides by adopting policies and standards that address biodiversity impacts, but overall transparency and actions to address forest impacts still lag significantly behind the agriculture sector. IPs and LCs stand at the forefront of grassroots environmentalism despite significant risks. IPs and LCs often work together with civil society organizations, smallholder farmer coalitions, and women’s networks to combat threats to forests from development projects, extractives, or agricultural expansion. These actors employ various forms of social resistance, but with limited success – only 1 in 10 bottom-up mobilizations against environmentally destructive and socially conflictive projects are successful in stopping their target project. These successes come at a cost: 200 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2021, and the mining and extractives sector is consistently ranked as one of the deadliest for defenders.

Recommendations

To ensure that 2025 and 2030 do not pass as 2020 did – with limited progress toward global forest goals – governments, companies, and civil society must collaborate to accelerate forest action, supported by transparency and accountability.

The Forest Declaration Assessment Partners urge the endorsers of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration, as well as other pledgers, to ensure full transparency on the implementation of pledges, so that progress can be tracked and pledgers held accountable. Pledgers must all set clear interim milestones and provide publicly accessible reporting.

Public, private, and grassroots actors must prioritize collaboration to leverage relative roles and strengths to meet the 2025 target for commodity-driven deforestation. Where certain geographies and supply chains have achieved reductions, the credit can usually be shared between government mandates, company action, and civil society and grassroots initiatives. All actors should accelerate implementation of multifunctional landscape and jurisdictional programs that take an integrative, inclusive, and collaborative approach to addressing forest risks and impacts while driving sustainable economic growth.

Governments must carefully consider whether voluntary action is a viable foundation to achieve the 2030 forest goals, and how the role of mandatory action, disclosure, and accountability should be increased. Despite the exceptional success of a few privately led initiatives—notably the Amazon Soy Moratorium, which has led to lasting and substantial deforestation reductions—voluntary actions alone have not sufficiently shifted the trajectory of forest loss.

Companies need to urgently increase the scope and stringency of corporate action, whether voluntary or mandated. Companies who wish to lead the charge toward the 2025 and 2030 forest goals should advocate at local, national, and international levels for holistic approaches to addressing deforestation; approaches where corporate action is enabled and supported by appropriate legislative and policy frameworks, trade standards, and financial instruments and incentive structures.


Only eight years remain to achieve the twin global goals of halting and reversing deforestation by 2030. Despite encouraging signs, not a single global indicator is on track to meet these 2030 goals of of stopping forest loss and degradation and restoring 350 million hectares of forest landscape.

The 2022 Forest Declaration Assessment sheds a stark light on the state of global forest commitments but offers hope that achieving the 2030 forest goals is possible. The Assessment is presented as series of four reports on Overarching forest goals (Theme 1), Sustainable production and development (Theme 2), Finance for forests (Theme 3), and Forest governance (Theme 4) -- all summarized in an Executive Summary.

The initial NYDF Assessment report, published in 2015, proposes a framework of indicators to track progress toward each of the ten goals of the NYDF.

The report, “Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests: An assessment framework and initial report” seeks to fill the gap of the original NYDF, which launched without a process or methodology that would allow monitoring progress toward achieving its goals.

One year after the adoption of the NYDF is too early to draw conclusions about progress in most areas. But in the past year, new initiatives have been launched, additional commitments have been made, and implementation of relevant programs has begun. These are important steps in the right direction and may help accelerate trends toward achieving the NYDF goals. Still, overall progress remains slow and more action is urgently needed.

Five years after the launch of the NYDF, there is little evidence that its goals are on track, and achieving the 2020 NYDF targets is likely impossible. The 2019 NYDF Assessment report assesses progress toward all ten goals of the NYDF, five years after the Declaration's launch.

In September 2014, a broad coalition of governments, companies, civil society, and indigenous peoples’ organizations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). 

Driven by the shared understanding that halting deforestation is essential to keep temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the endorsers adopted an ambitious declaration detailing ten goals. By committing to the ten goals of the declaration, endorsers have agreed to work toward halving tropical deforestation by 2020 and ending it by 2030. The NYDF also calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

Five years later, there is little evidence that these goals are on track, and achieving the 2020 NYDF targets is likely impossible.

The 2020 NYDF Assessment Report takes a stark look at trends across all ten goals of the NYDF and find progress to be wanting.

This report was supported by the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), the Good Energies Foundation, and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag via the NYDF Global Platform.

We need to accelerate and scale efforts to end agriculture-driven deforestation.

Governments should:
• Require financial, public- and private-sector actors to disclose the forest risks and benefits of their investments, such as those in the production of forest-risk commodities.
• Evaluate the impacts of fiscal policies and incentives in agriculture sector to promote forest protection goals.
• Promote and scale public-private partnerships that actively involve local communities and indigenous peoples through inclusive
processes to protect forests and other ecosystems.
• Align trade policies and ensure effective enforcement of import regulations including due diligence requirements aimed at reducing deforestation in commodities.


Private sector actors (companies and financial institutions) should:
• Improve transparency through supply chain and forest monitoring and open and accessible data on risks and mitigation efforts to end deforestation.
• Scale and accelerate implementation of landscape and jurisdictional programs in key commodity sourcing regions.
• Scale and accelerate engagement with smallholder farmers to promote sustainable land-use practices.

The initial NYDF Assessment report, published in 2015, proposes a framework of indicators to track progress toward each of the ten goals of the NYDF.

The report, “Progress on the New York Declaration on Forests: An assessment framework and initial report” seeks to fill the gap of the original NYDF, which launched without a process or methodology that would allow monitoring progress toward achieving its goals.

One year after the adoption of the NYDF is too early to draw conclusions about progress in most areas. But in the past year, new initiatives have been launched, additional commitments have been made, and implementation of relevant programs has begun. These are important steps in the right direction and may help accelerate trends toward achieving the NYDF goals. Still, overall progress remains slow and more action is urgently needed.

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