Activity 4: Ensure sustainable use of forests

Below are the global and regional obligations in this activity:
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Directly relevant obligations and commitments

  • Strengthen sustainable forest management to maintain ecosystem services: UNCCD Decision 4/COP8, 4
  • Explore opportunities to promote sustainable forest management, including the sustainable use of forests, as an effective means of addressing relevant objectives of UNCCD, CBD and UNFCCC: UNCCD Decision12/COP7
  • Provide views on the preliminary assessment by the CBD Executive Secretary on the relationship between the IPF/IFF proposals for action and the activities of the CBD’s expanded programme of work: CBD Decision VII/1, 3
  • Implement the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity by applying the ecosystem approach to the management of all types of forests: CBD Decision VI/22, 11 and CBD Decision VI/22 (Expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Implement the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity by reducing the threats and mitigating the impacts of threatening processes on forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 11 and CBD Decision VI/22 (Expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Implement the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity by protecting, recovering and restoring forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 11 and CBD Decision VI/22 (Expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Implement the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity by promoting the sustainable use of forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 11 and CBD Decision VI/22 (Expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Implement the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity by addressing the socio-economic failures that lead to loss of forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 11 and CBD Decision VI/22 (Expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity) SEE COMMENTARY 1
  • Incorporate relevant objectives of the programme of work into national biodiversity strategies: CBD Decision VI/22, 28
  • Coordinate work on forest biological diversity with UNFF and other relevant bodies: CBD Decision VI/22, 29
  • Address the effectiveness of forest laws and their enforcement: CBD Decision VI/22, 30
  • Encourage the development of community-based approaches for the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 31
  • Recognize the vital role that women in indigenous and local communities play in the sustainable use and conservation of forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VI/22, 32
  • Develop closer collaboration for the conservation and sustainable use of transboundary forest ecosystems and populations of species: CBD Decision VI/22, 33
  • Apply existing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management where these are needed for the expanded work programme: CBD Decision VI/22, 34
  • Foster cooperation and synergies between the expanded work programme and the Multi-Year Porgramme of Work and Plan of Action of the UNFF: CBD Decision VI/22, 35
  • Take practical actions to address the conservation and sustainable use of forest biological diversity, taking into consideration the outcome of the fourth session of the IFF and also contributing to the future work of the UNFF: CBD Decision V/4, 3
  • Promote the integration of national forest programmes with national biodiversity strategies, applying the ecosystem approach and sustainable forest management: CBD Decision V/4, 8
  • Strengthen national and local capacities for implementation of sustainable forest management: CBD Decision V/4, 10
  • Develop national goals, targets and indicators for goals and targets of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VIII/15, 11 and CBD Decision VIII/15 Annex IV SEE COMMENTARYa
  • Share experiences of the application of the global targets in the national implementation of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity: CBD Decision VIII/15, 21
  • Strengthen efforts to promote sustainable forest management, to improve forest law enforcement and to address related trade: CBD Decision VIII/19, A3
  • Integrate the ecosystem approach and sustainable forest management into policies and practices: CBD Decision VIII/19, A5
  • Take measures to engage in Api-Agro-Forestry Systems: COMESA Article 123, 3
  • Take measures to conserve and manage forests, through the adoption of common policies for the conservation and management of natural forests, industrial plantations and nature reserves: COMESA Article 123, 2 SEE COMMENTARY 2

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Author Commentary a

CBD Decision VIII/15, 11 and
CBD Decision VIII/15 Annex IV.
The goals and targets of the expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity, including a goal and targets for sustainable use, are set out in CBD Decision VIII/15 Annex IV a

Author Commentary b

CBD Decision VIII/19, A3. CBD Decision VI/22 19(e) requested the Executive Secretary to, inter alia, seek information from Parties on unauthorised harvesting of forest biodiversity and the relationship between consumption in consumer countries and unauthorized harvesting activities

Author Commentary 1

CBD Decision VI/22, 11
CBD Decision VI/22, Annex
A number of the goals in the Expanded programme of work are relevant to sustainable use. These include:

    Programme Element 1

      Goal 1 To apply the ecosystem approach to the management of all types of forests
      Goal 2 To reduce the threats and mitigate the impacts of threatening processes on forest biological diversity
      Goal 3 To protect, recover and restore forest biological diversity
      Goal 4 To promote the sustainable use of forest biological diversity
    Programme element 2

      Goal 2 Address socio-economic failures and distortions that lead to decisions that result in loss of forest biological diversity

Author Commentary 2

COMESA, Article, 123 ii
It also extends exchanging of information on natural forests and industrial plantations, development and management, joint promotion of a common forestry practice within the Common Market, joint utilisation of forestry training and research facilities, adoption of common regulations for the preservation and management of all catchment forests within the Common Market and the establishment of uniform regulations for the utilisation of forestry resources in order to reduce the depletion of the natural forests and avoid desertification within the Common Market.