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COVID-19 has aggravated challenges to manage forests: UN Report

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  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    29th Apr, 2021

Context

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has aggravated the challenges faced by countries in managing their forests, as per a recent United Nations report ‘Global Forest Goals Report 2021’.

About the Report

  • The Report provides an initial overview of progress towards achieving the six Global Forest Goals and their 26 associated targets as contained within the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2030.
    • The United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 was created with a mission to promote sustainable forest management and enhance the contribution of forests and trees to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The Plan recognizes that in order to create a world in which forests could provide economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits for present and future generations, they will be needed by humanity in the first place.

Quantified goals for forest area / tree planting as reported by countries

Country

Official objective as reported by countries

Australia

Plant 20 million trees by 2020 and a billion plantation trees by 2030

Brazil

Increase planted area by two million hectares (ha)

Bulgaria

No decrease in forested area allowed            

Côte d’Ivoire

Increase forest cover to 20 per cent by 2030

India

Add 200,00 ha of forests and tree cover per year

Jamaica

No net forest loss

Japan

Maintain 25 million ha of forest

Kenya

Increase tree cover to 10 per cent

Madagascar

Restore four million ha by 2030              

Myanmar

Increase forest cover to 30 per cent     

New Zealand

Plant one billion trees between 2018-2028

Nigeria

Increase forest cover from 6 to 25 per cent by 2030

Panama

Restore one million ha between 2015-2035

Philippines

Rehabilitate 1.5 million ha of denuded and degraded forestland

Sri Lanka

Increase forest cover to 32 per cent

Suriname

Preserve present level of forest cover at 93 per cent

Thailand

Increase forest cover to 55 per cent