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A series of forestry and COVID-19 related webinars will be organized between July and October 2020. This webinar series is organized under the auspices of the FAO Forestry Technical Network (FTN). The Network intends to ensure a high standard of technical excellence and promote innovation in FAO’s work in forestry by providing a platform to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences.

The FTN webinar series builds on the outcomes of the COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week under the theme Building back better: COVID-19 pandemic recovery contributions from the forest sector, which took place 22-25 June 2020.

July 2020

Indigenous Peoples and voluntary isolation: when forests food systems become a stronghold against COVID-19

16 July 2020, 15:00-16:30 CEST: English

During the COVID-19 outbreak, indigenous peoples have emphasized that the impact of the pandemic on their livelihoods and food security depends largely on the health and well-functioning of their food systems. This event will feature testimonies of indigenous peoples living and depending on forests to feed themselves and their communities. The discussion will give special attention to how forest-indigenous peoples’ food systems became their safety nets during the pandemic. The event will feature communities that have resorted to traditional forms of confinement. It will focus on indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation in the majority of cases living in forests, and why they opted to rely on forests for their needs.

  • Coordinator: Maria Acosta Lazo, Expert on Indigenous Peoples' Collective Rights, Partnerships Division, FAO; Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa, Advocacy Officer, Partnerships Division, FAO

Wildland Fire Management under COVID-19

20 July 2020 (tbc) 11:00-12:30 CEST: English

The webinar will focus on COVID-19 impacts on operations and will aim to clarify the implications of COVID-19 restrictions on wildland fire management, at mapping current thinking, raising awareness of this issue and at assisting agencies and countries where preparing for fire management under COVID 19 may not be well advanced.

  • Coordinator: Peter Moore, Forestry Officer, Fire Management, FAO
  • Co-organizing institutions: Wageningen University; Spanish Forest Fire Service

Social protection for forest-dependent communities: building on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic for more resilient forest livelihoods

22 July 2020: English

The webinar will focus on social protection and aim to raise awareness and knowledge of FAO’s work on social protection for forest-dependent communities (FDCs), seek recommendations on how to build on the emergency response to the pandemic to permanently expand social protection coverage to FDCs, and build resilience to future crises.

  • Coordinators: Thais Linhares-Juvenal, Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Governance and Economics, FAO; Ana Ocampo, Social Protection Officer, Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, FAO; Mari Kangasniemi, Social Protection Officer, Social Policies and Rural Institutions Division, FAO; Qiang Ma, Forestry Officer, FAO

Forest Invasive Species - the next global pandemic?

29 July 2020: English, French, and Russian

The webinar will focus on international collaboration on managing transboundary forest pests and diseases, and will aim to raise awareness on the importance of international collaboration and preventative measures in managing forest-invasive species. 

  • Coordinators: Shiroma Sathyapala, Forestry Officer, FAO; Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi, Forestry Officer, FAO
  • Co-organizing institutions: Forest Invasive Species Networks Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Near East

September 2020

The role of urban forests and green spaces in improving community resilience and reducing the harmful impact of COVID-19

10 or 17 September 2020 (tbc), 14:00 CEST: English

The webinar will focus on how the natural capital of a city has an important influence on the wellbeing of urban dwellers. This will be examined by experts from different sectors that will attempt to give a balanced view of how to optimize urban forestry management for health outcomes.  

The webinar will aim to inform city administrators and decision-makers about the contribution that urban forests and green spaces can provide in preventing and facing the spread, morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, as well as in responding to its implications. Potential partners with whom joint actions will be taken towards COVID-related and other health policy responses at country, regional and global levels will be identified.

  • Coordinator: Simone Borelli, Forestry Officer, Agroforestry and Urban and Periurban Forestry, FAO
  • Co-organizing institutions: Sapienza University; University of Sheffield; World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre, University of Exeter; City of Singapore; the Galician Landscape School

COVID-19, rural poverty, and inequality in forest regions 

16 September 2020 (tbc): English and Spanish

The webinar will focus on more effectively understanding and addressing the impact of COVID-19 on rural poverty and inequality, within the context of forest-based livelihoods. 

The objective of the webinar is to increase understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts, and is conditioned by, poverty and inequality, particularly within the context of forest-based livelihoods. Participants will have increased awareness of organizational tools and resources available, and enhanced capacity to analyze the socio-economic and environmental implications of COVID-19, to prepare appropriate policy responses.

  • Coordinators: David Conte, Senior Strategy and Planning Officer, Rural Poverty Reduction Programme, FAO; and Andrew Taber, Senior Forestry Officer, Social Forestry, FAO
  • Co-coordinator: Thais Linhares-Juvenal, Senior Forestry Officer, Forest Governance and Economics, FAO
  • Co-organizer: Sophie Grouwels, Forestry Officer, Forest and Farm Facility, FAO

October 2020

COVID-19 impacts on the forest products market in Europe

15 October 2020, 15:00 CEST: English

The webinar will focus on supply/demand changes in the forest products market and will provide forecasts for the future. 

  • Coodinator: Ekrem Yazici, Forestry Officer, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO
  • Co-organizing institutions: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 

The Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme after COVID-19

Around 16 October 2020, as part of World Food Day Celebrations: English

The webinar will focus on what the COVID-19 pandemics have taught us about the issues related to wild meat-based food systems around the world (their importance in general and in critical times, and the health risks associated with them), and on the priorities that should be addressed to prevent and mitigate zoonotic risks along wild meat supply chains in the future. 

The objectives of the webinar include:

  • Member countries understand that there is not one solution to mitigate zoonotic risks related to wild meat consumption, but the solution needs to fit the local context;
  • Member countries understand the importance of wild meat-based food systems in the food and livelihoods of vulnerable populations, as well as associated health and public health risks especially in towns;
  • Member countries understand the importance in organizing and controlling this supply chain towards more sustainability and less health and public health risks; Member countries understand the importance in organizing sustainable and territorialized/local domestic and/or wild meat-based food systems to strengthen the resilience of their populations;
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) voluntary guidelines to the sustainable wild meat sector, the One Health approach, and the SWM Programme are promoted. 
  • Coordinator: Hubert Boulet, Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme, Coordinator
  • Co-organizing institutions: SWM Consortium partners FAO, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Experience from community forest monitors – legality in COVID-19 pandemic

20 October 2020, 12:00-13:00 CEST: English

The webinar will present findings from field projects (which started in June 2020) that document forest community experiences of legality during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also present reports from independent forest monitoring and community forest organizations which have been actively engaged in national initiatives to address illegal logging to date, and explore perceptions and practices using evidence from the ground. The event will also highlight the role of community forestry in the sector.

The webinar will discuss data generated from the field in Asia and the Congo Basin, and will discuss the role that community forestry and independent monitoring plays in building the economic resilience of the sector and in monitoring activities on the ground for transparency. 

  • Coordinator: Daphne Hewitt, Team Leader, Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme, FAO
  • Co-organizing institutions: Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), Center for People and Forests (RECOTFC)