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CPF Calls on Rio+20 to Capitalize on Forest Values for Sustainable Development

CPF15 December 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), in its submission to the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), states that lessons learned in forest ecosystem management and utilization are essential in transitioning to a green economy.

The CPF calls for: the three pillars of sustainability to be treated as integral parts of a single system; forests to be managed for their long-term functioning and full range of services; participatory governance around forest ecosystems; new investments, especially the private sector, to be employed in forest-based natural capital; and customization of approaches to national and local contexts while considering sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The CPF suggests employing enabling conditions, full valuation of forest goods and services, and including agroforestry and sustainable land management for climate change adaptation and a transition to low carbon development. To enact this, the CPF calls for institutional frameworks that incorporate devolution of land rights, adequate land planning and capacity building. [CPF Press Release]