FAO–GLF Digital Forum

Transforming agrifood systems with forests

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This digital forum is presented by:

 

WHERE

Online

WHEN

29 September, 13:00–17:00 CEST (UTC+2)

SOCIAL

#COFO26

This Digital Forum will explore how forests can help transform global agrifood systems.

Agriculture and forestry can provide crucial tools to support sustainable development and tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including hunger, malnutrition, climate change, and biodiversity loss, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Systemic solutions

These challenges can only be addressed through a coordinated and cross-sectoral approach that presents agriculture and forestry as solutions. This includes conserving, restoring and sustainably managing forests, avoiding deforestation, and maintaining ecosystem services.

In this Digital Forum, we will showcase and promote best practices to enhance synergies, including agroforestry and the restoration of agrosilvopastoral lands, as well as the adoption of innovative approaches and the latest technologies, platforms, data and tools that support integrated landscape planning and informed decision-making.

World Forest Week

The Digital Forum will be organized back-to-back to the 26th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO26), and the 8th World Forest Week, to be held from 3–7 October. It will provide space for FAO, partners and FAO Members to discuss topics related to forestry and agriculture linkages, food security, financing, gender and inclusiveness, and digital innovations. FAO has been a GLF Charter Member since 2021.

MEDIA CORNER

The digital forum Transforming agrifood systems with forests takes place online on 29 September and will showcase and promote best practices to enhance synergies, including agroforestry and the restoration of agrosilvopastoral lands, as well as the adoption of innovative approaches and the latest technologies, platforms, data and tools that support integrated landscape planning and informed decision-making.

Use this space to ask questions, request interviews, read our media advisories, access visuals to enrich your content, connect with the GLF communications team, and much more.

Agenda

13.00–14.10
High-level Panel

The World in 2050: A vision of forestry towards sustainable and resilient agrifood systems

During this session the publication Grazing with trees: A silvopastoral approach to managing and restoring drylands will be launched.
Moderated by
  • Deputy Director
    Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Opening Remarks

The World in 2050: A vision of forestry towards sustainable and resilient agrifood systems

KEYNOTE SPEECH

High-level panel

In this high-level panel, speakers will offer regional perspectives on the role of forestry in sustainable and resilient agrifood systems with a focus on drylands and grazing with trees.

SPEAKERS

Closing reflections

SpeakerS
14:10–15:10
Technical Panel

Learning from good practices: How do we make our forests fit for the future of agrifood systems?

During this session the policy brief What have we learned from trees? Three decades of farmer field schools on agroforestry and forestry will be launched.

TOPICS
  • How can extensive grazing be beneficial for the restoration of dryland ecosystems?
  • How can private sector engagement boost sustainable agroforestry systems in Mauritius?
  • How does a climate-smart village after the field school model work in Pakistan?
  • What is the potential for upscaling agro-ecology for the transformation of agrifood systems under the GEF-7 Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Programme?
  • How can forests increase biodiversity and ecosystem benefits for agriculture? The role of pollinators
Moderated by
SpeakerS

Q&A

15:10–15:50​

How can agriculture production be decoupled from deforestation?

During this session the technical paper Halting deforestation from agricultural value chains: The role of governments will be launched.
TOPICS
  • How can a certification for forest risk free agriculture production work?
  • Perspectives of a consumer country
  • Halting deforestation from agricultural value chains: The role of governments
  • Measures that can foster synergies between forestry and agriculture and reduce trade-offs
  • Tracking the land footprints of commodities: Introduction to a new database
Moderated by
SpeakerS

Q&A

15:50–16:15

How to improve decision making using better data and the latest tools?

TOPICS
  • Introduction to Forest Data Partnership
  • Role of governments
  • Role of the private sector
  • Harnessing technology for better data
  • The Framework on Ecosystem Restoration Monitoring (FERM)
  • Good practices for the effective restoration of ecosystems in the context of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
  • Supporting forest restoration planning: Se.plan, a free and open-source SEPAL tool
  • Setting up systems for monitoring restoration initiatives: The Aurora app
  • Integrated landscape planning for informed decision-making
  • Conservation Approaches and Technologies
Moderated by

The Forest Data Partnership – eliminating supply chain deforestation and catalyzing ecosystem restoration through better data

SpeakerS
  • Chief of Party, USAID Forest Data Partnership
    World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Program Manager, Forests and Climate
    US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Senior Manager Sustainable Sourcing, Digital Solutions
    Unilever
  • Sr. Program Manager, Forest & Nature at Google Earth Outreach
    Google

Q&A

16:15–17:00

Better data and latest tools

moderated by
SpeakerS

Q&A

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WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Contacts

Theresa Loeffler

Theresa Loeffler

Forestry Officer, FAO Forestry Division

Theresa.Loefflerfao[dot]org

NETWORKING & PARTNERSHIPS

Nina Haase

Engagement and Growth Coordinator

n.haasecgiar[dot]org