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.

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.


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.

Achieving international forest goals requires substantial public and private investments to address the drivers of deforestation, and to manage and restore forests sustainably. Improving the environmental impact of our industrial and agricultural systems requires profound changes to economic and legal systems. Without both enforcement and compensation mechanisms, forests will continue to be worth more to users cleared than standing – especially in the short term.

Reaching forest goals requires more finance to be earmarked for forest activities, and existing finance to be shifted away from harmful activities towards sustainable actions.

Findings

Finance for forests is not on track to meet global goals to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030. It will cost up to USD 460 billion per year to protect, restore, and enhance forests on a global scale. Currently, domestic and international mitigation finance for forests averages USD 2.3 billion per year – less than 1 percent of the necessary total. For comparison, total finance for climate, from both public and private sources, reached USD 632 billion in 2019-20.

Funding for forests will need to increase by up to 200 times to meet 2030 goals. This funding does not need to come just from philanthropic donations or public sector development assistance—a wide range of financial mechanisms can support forest goals if they are properly designed, including domestic budgets and fiscal policies, private investments, blended and de-risked finance, grants or loans, readiness and capacity building support, and results-based payments.

Finance pledges made in 2021 demonstrate a substantial increase in ambition to meet 2030 forest goals. If they are fully delivered, they would quadruple annual finance for forests from 2021-25 to USD 9.5 billion. Yet, funding would still need to increase by up to 50 times to meet investment needs. One year on from these pledges, it is not yet possible to directly assess their progress because most have yet to publicly disclose on their implementation efforts. However, available data does not yet show an increase in funding corresponding to pledges made at COP26 in November 2021.

IPs and LCs, 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. Only 1.4 percent of total public climate finance in 2019-20 was targeted toward IPs and LC’s needs, and only 3 percent of the financial need for transformational tenure reform is being met annually.

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. Most financial institutions still fail to have any deforestation safeguards for their investments. Almost two thirds of the 150 major financial players most exposed to deforestation do not yet have a single deforestation policy covering their forest-risk investments, leaving USD 2.6 trillion in investments in high deforestation-risk commodities without appropriate safeguards.

Recommendations

Despite the price tag for protecting and restoring forests on a global scale—up to USD 460 billion per year—this is an investment that we cannot afford not to make. Achieving the 2030 forest goals is essential for ensuring a livable world in line with the Paris Agreement. Governments, financial institutions, companies, and philanthropies must step up to increase and align their spending and investments with forest maintenance and restoration goals.

The Forest Declaration Assessment Partners call on governments, companies, and financial institutions to utilize all tools at hand to substantially increase their investments in forests, while also shifting finance away from harmful activities.

The Assessment Partners urge those who make forest finance commitments—including endorsers of the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration—to collaborate with impacted communities to design their pledges, and to pair these pledges with transparent and timebound interim milestones and public reporting on disbursements, effectiveness of funding, and alignment of finance flows with forest goals. Commitment makers should detail what share of the pledged finance is additional versus preexisting planned funding and should clarify how, when, and where this finance will be spent. Evaluation mechanisms must be put in place to enable donors and communities to assess the impacts of disbursed finance and allow for needed adjustments. Inclusive and transparent processes are essential to understand how pledged finance compares to needs and can help guide and improve the impact of future investments, as well as help hold actors to account on their commitments. The management and governance of finance for forests must be developed in partnership with local implementing organizations to ensure that disbursed finance achieves its objectives.

All financial actors, including governments, financial institutions, companies, and philanthropies, must make every effort to support the involvement of IPs and LCs in forest and finance decision-making. Public and private actors must facilitate the flow of finance to IPs and LCs to better enable them to carry out forest-protection and conservation activities. Governments, multilateral institutions, and private foundations should prioritize the establishment of new and direct finance mechanisms for these activities and should codesign these mechanisms with IP and LC groups. Increased coordination and cooperation between donors, NGOs, and IPs and LCs can help to build trust and guide the most appropriate interventions. Public and private financiers must also reduce administrative and technical burdens and provide capacity building for IP and LC groups to receive and manage funds directly. Where intermediaries are necessary, organizations trusted by IPs and LCs should be prioritized. 

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, including:

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, including:

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. This could include market-based options, such as participation in carbon markets with forest- and land-based credits, or non-market-based options such as support for implementation of jurisdictional or landscape scale sustainability activities. Actions to achieve this goal include:


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.

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.

More action is needed to align forest finance with its mitigation potential.

Governments must

• Align public budgets and fiscal policies with objectives to halt deforestation. Reform subsidies to provide benefits for forests and other sustainable development goals and include environmental and social safeguards.

• Mobilize private-sector funding to leverage the growing interest in carbon markets, carbon pricing mechanisms, and other sustainable investments in conservation or sustainable forest use.

• Consider the use of border measures for carbon to generate revenues to invest in forest mitigation goals.

• Create dialogues between results-based REDD+ donors and forest countries to harmonize and simplify requirements, making them more applicable to individual country contexts.

• Develop new up-front financing mechanisms that can complement results-based REDD+ programs.

Private sector must

• Improve the transparency of investments by assessing and disclosing the risks and benefits they pose to forests for activities such as infrastructure, mining developments, and the production of forest-risk commodities.

• End investments into deforestation-linked practices to accelerate global progress towards deforestation-free supply chains.

• Explore opportunities to invest in jurisdictional forest programs to strengthen governance and support participation in results-based payments and carbon markets.

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