December 1, 2023 By P&PC Staff
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is hosting and speaking at various events and panel discussions during COP28, the United Nation’s annual climate conference.
COP28, taking place in Dubai, UAE from 30 November 2023 to 12 December 2023, aspires to reinvigorate national climate targets and craft an action plan grounded in consensus, outlining well-defined steps to limit warming to globally agreed targets and accelerate the green transition. This marks a pivotal moment in global negotiations, as the conference will witness the inaugural conclusion of the Global Stocktake of climate progress, says FSC. After taking stock, decisions will be made influencing the level of ambition countries set in their upcoming climate action plans and in meeting 2030 global targets.
FSC explains that forests are the best line of defence against climate change, making them central to achieving global climate targets. Through responsible management, forests offer invaluable benefits: they continually absorb carbon into the soil and their biomass while providing countless materials integral to our everyday lives. The unique quality of these forest-based materials lies in their ability to retain the captured carbon, offering a sustainable alternative that reduces our reliance on less sustainable options such as steel or concrete.
To ensure forests of all sizes and in all regions are healthy and resilient against threats such as climate change, FSC reportedly tailors its work to the local context and implements practical solutions through collaboration and co-creation while building local capacity to continue the work. FSC states that it is equipped to address the challenges while continuing to support the livelihoods and cultural services of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples.
FSC at COP28
As an official observer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), FSC can use its standards and solutions to support the 77 percent of countries engaging in forestry-related initiatives to reach the milestones outlined in the agreement.
Key focus areas for FSC in COP28 are sustainable finance and natural capital, global financial mechanisms, nature-based solutions, carbon markets and perspectives, payment for ecosystem services, as well as rights and voices of Indigenous Peoples.
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