On June 19, the Institute's team participated in an online webinar “State of the World's Forests 2020” (SOFO-2020) coordinated by FAO in collaboration with Russian Federal Forestry Agency.

Before the FAO flagship publication “The State of the World's Forests 2020” had been presented to the participants, Mr. Alexander Panfilov, Deputy Head of the Federal Forestry Agency delivered a welcome speech.

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011–2020) comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) focuses on the contribution of forests, and of the people who use and manage them, to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Forests cover about 30 percent of Earth's land surface, but they provide habitat for the vast majority of all known terrestrial plant and animal species. Regretfully, forests and the biodiversity they contain are continuously threatened by the expansion of agricultural land and unsustainable use, often illegal.

The State of the World’s Forests 2020 assesses progress to date in meeting global challenges and goals related to forest biodiversity and examines the effectiveness of policies, actions and approaches, in terms of both conservation and sustainable development outcomes. A series of case studies provide examples of innovative practices that combine conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity to create balanced solutions for both people and the planet.

At the end of the webinar, the Institute’s team held a discussion on the current challenges facing the sector.    

 For more detailed information on the report, please follow the link: http://www.fao.org/publications/sofo/ru.