During the COVID-19 outbreak, indigenous peoples have emphasized that the impact of the pandemic on their livelihoods and food security depends largely on the health and well-functioning of their food systems. This event will feature testimonies of indigenous peoples living and depending on forests to feed themselves and their communities. The discussion will give special attention to how forest-indigenous peoples’ food systems became their safety nets during the pandemic. The event will feature communities that have resorted to traditional forms of confinement. It will focus on indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation in the majority of cases living in forests, and why they opted to rely on forests for their needs.
A series of forestry and COVID-19 related webinars will be organized between July and October 2020. This webinar series is organized under the auspices of the FAO Forestry Technical Network (FTN). The Network intends to ensure a high standard of technical excellence and promote innovation in FAO’s work in forestry by providing a platform to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences.
The FTN webinar series builds on the outcomes of the COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week under the theme Building back better: COVID-19 pandemic recovery contributions from the forest sector, which took place 22-25 June 2020.