We are pleased to inform you about the upcoming consultation workshop on ‘Role of forest ecosystems in meeting SDGs in South Asia’ to be held in Goa, India on May 9, 2019. The forest ecosystems specialist group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management of IUCN, is co-organizing this international workshop with BITS, Pilani, Goa Campus, with the funding support from the 'Commission On Ecosystem Management', IUCN; National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD) and Government of Goa.
This workshop aims to understand the linkages between forest ecosystems and the SDGs and other environmental goals such as Paris Agreement goals on Climate Change, and Bonn Challenge on recovery of degraded land via afforestation/ reforestation, in South Asia.
More specifically the workshop aims to understand as to how forest resources through multiple use forest resource management tools and practices can ensure sustained production and supply of Forest Ecosystem goods and services to generate multiple dividends such as biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, Ecosystems based adaptation, mitigation, Disaster Risk Reduction and gender inclusive development thus meeting SDG 1 (No poverty), 5 (Gender equality), 12 (Responsible production and consumption), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (life on land).
We will take this opportunity to discuss Goa's State Action Plan on Climate Change, and its excellent Biodiversity monitoring initiative. One of the key outputs will be finalisation of a Technical Report on ‘Role of forest ecosystems in meeting SDGs and Climate Goals in South Asia’.