ARCHES Conseils organizes a
conference on forest health at the UN

UN Conference Room

Headquarters of the United Nations
1-5 Mai 2017
New-York, USA

Forests are essential to our future and represent one of the most important solutions to contribute to economic growth, food security, climate resilience and biodiversity conservation. At the New York Declaration in 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "Forests are not only a crucial part of solving the climate problem, Beneficial to all members of society ". The New York Declaration has repositioned forests at the heart of the international political-diplomatic agenda in 2015.

Global warming is now recognized and recognized not only by the scientific community but also by the public authorities. Although efforts have been made, predictions remain worrying and global warming of 1-6 ° C at the surface of the globe is expected by 2100. At the same time, ozone is at present the atmospheric pollutant, and Greenhouse gases, the most worrying for forests. Both are changing the dynamics of forests leading to new challenges for forest management. However, the development of adaptation strategies and sustainable forest management has the potential to reduce the vulnerability of forests to the challenge of climate change. Communication between scientists and policy makers is critical to this challenge.

UN Conference Room

ARCHES-Conseils, with the support of the International Union of Forestry Research Institutes (RG7.01.00) organized this global event. The organization of the event was made possible by the financial support of the Regional Council "Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur" in France (DDSC-SECA) and the MOTTLES project (LIFE15 ENV / IT / 183) European Union.

Seven international researchers working on the effects of air pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems were invited to the United Nations Forum on Forests at United Nations Headquarters in New York to Transfer key scientific findings to policy makers in order to influence current forestry policies and promote effective policy-making and the establishment of new guidelines for forest protection and management.

At this forum, the current status of forests and ways to study and evaluate these impacts (eg forest sites) and solutions / tools for sustainable forest management to stop their degradation and make them more resilient to climate change Were discussed.

1- Bridging science and policy for protecting our forests from climate change

Forest disturbances, air pollution and climate change: projections of forest health
Climate change cancels out the air quality benefits to forests due to emission control strategies
Supersites for Superior Forest Science
Global-level integrated research and monitoring is urgently needed for tracking changes in the health of our forests
A new global indicator to track the effects of climate change on forests
Let’s keep track of climate change effects on forests by large-scale biodiversity-based indicators

2- Science-policy integration and policy inputs

Adaptation strategies for a sustainable forest management
Flexible approach is needed for selection of adaptation strategies in forests facing highly unpredictable changes in climate, chemical environment and landscape
Sustainable forest operations as a foundation of the green economy
Reconciling forest logging and environmental protection requires policy inputs
Air pollution and climate change are interlinked and should be subject to joint policies, with ancillary benefits for forest health

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