FORESTS CAN PLAY A
SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN PROVIDING CLIMATE OUTCOMES AND
ADDRESSING SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHALLENGES 

A market-driven approach to ensuring all forest economies are climate smart can accelerate investments into sustainable forestry and help reverse the effects of climate change, while boosting the economy.

OUR THEORY OF CHANGE

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Baseline

10-15% of global emissions come from deforestation and associated land use change.

 

There is low demand for climate smart forest products.

 

The links between increased demand for climate smart forest products and positive climate and socio-economic outcomes require further research.

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Output

Sectors that need rapid decarbonization, such as construction, boost demand for sustainable forest products that meet social and ecological safeguards.

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Inputs

Science-based knowledge and safeguards support increased demand for climate smart forest products.

Breakthrough initiatives demonstrate how to maximize the Sink, carbon Storage, and fossil-carbon Substitution (3S) Functions of forests and forest products resulting in climate, social, and economic benefits.

Policymakers, practitioners, investors, and other stakeholders are engaged in a movement to increase demand for climate smart forest products.

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Outcomes (by 2030)

100 million hectares of restored or new forest, storing 20 gigatons of carbon

2 million new jobs

$ 100 billion in commercial financing

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Impact

Forest cover restored to pre-industrial levels. Significant contribution towards reversing the effects of climate change, while creating jobs and boosting the economy, both locally and globally.

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