“Challenges of sustainable development: implications for forests and forest science”
Forests are critical for achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015. Efforts to attain the 17 SDGs can lead to synergies among the goals, but can also lead to trade-offs between them. By connecting thousands of scientists in 126 countries, IUFRO aims to provide the scientific basis required for effectively harnessing the potential of forests to contribute to the SDGs.
In a series of “Science in Dialogue” sessions, Congress participants will have the opportunity to discuss with leading representatives from all different groups of society the following guiding questions:
What are the biggest concerns and most pressing challenges related to the SDGs and forests?
Are there synergies and trade-offs in implementing the SDGs from a forestry perspective?
What are the most important knowledge gaps and information requirements by policy makers, business and industry, and civil society groups?
Is there a mismatch between the knowledge delivered by education and the expertise and skills needed?
How can IUFRO support policy makers, business and industry, and civil society groups more effectively in addressing the forest-related SDGs? And which forms of collaborative action could be taken?
The Dialogue will consist of the following sessions: