It’s up to young people and civil society groups to reverse the long-term trend of deforestation around the world.
That’s the view of Hiroto Mitsugi, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Forestry Department, discussing how deforestation can be stopped worldwide , in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 15 target date, of 2020.
He was at UN Headquarters in New York this week to attend the 13th session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF13), the first since the adoption of last year’s United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 which includes the target to increase forest cover overall by 3%.
The forum this week follows an international conference in February on how the world can go from “aspiration to action” concerning deforestation.
The key deforestation meeting occurs in July, when a High-Level political Forum convenes to discuss the status of SDG Goal 15. Halting deforestation and restoring sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, will be reviewed in depth.
Mr. Mitsugi spoke to Fatima E. Mendez. He started by discussing the 2020 and 2030 targets.