Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Roundtable

Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Roundtable: Building Pathways for Low Emissions Sustainable Development

In June 2012, one of the most important environmental gatherings in a generation took take place in Brazil — Rio+20. Organisers identified seven key issues to form new sustainable development goals: jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters. Forests, however, were largely excluded from most of these key issues — with only one mention in the description of ‘food’.

To ensure that forests remain high on the agenda in 2012, CIFOR coordinated one of the most important conferences on forests alongside the Rio+20 summit, Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20. Distinguished panellists discussed new research findings — and remaining knowledge gaps — and their policy implications for integrating forests into the solutions to four key challenges to progress toward a green economy: Energy, food and income, water, and climate.