Climate Change

UN Climate Change Conference (COP22)
7-18 November 2016

      Forest Action Event  - 8th November 

Why do forests matter to you?

Ahead of Forest Action Day, we're asking you to tell us why forests matter to you on social media. To join the conversation, compose a simple message beginning with the phrase “#ForestsMatter to me because…." and post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook adding the hashtags #ForestActionDay and #COP22. We’ll compile a collection of the messages and share the best ones via @FAOForestry Twitter.

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Taking action

Achieving the Paris Agreement goals will be impossible without action to protect, restore, and sustainably manage all types of forests.  

At Forest Action Day, governments, businesses, civil society groups, and indigenous peoples’ organizations will present forest-related initiatives from across the globe that demonstrate real momentum and progress towards achieving the goals. From striking a balance between increasing the resilience of forest societies and optimizing the role of forests and trees in absorbing and storing carbon, to the need to explore new and innovative financing to facilitate countries’ efforts, the day will focus on unleashing the full potential of forests to combat climate change.

The world’s forests represent one of the largest and most cost-effective responses to climate change that we have. Limiting global warming to below 2 degrees requires a rapid halt to deforestation, and reaching a carbon balance by the second half of this century necessitates massive forest restoration. Healthy forests also play a central role in creating resilient societies that can adapt to climate change.



  • Government of Morocco
  • UNDP
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations