FAO celebrates the International Day of Forests 2015
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20 March 2015, Rome--- Forests host and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity and act as our natural defense against climate change. The theme of the 2015 International Day of Forests (IDF) is “Forests-Climate Change”, chosen purposely to highlight the ways in which forests and climate change are linked, and to rally global support for greater action and change. The event presents important findings on the role of forests in climate change mitigation, based on data from FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment and the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Opening statement by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
6min. 59sec.

(00:00) Youba Sokona, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III on mitigation of climate change; (10:47) Kenneth MacDicken, Senior Forestry Officer, Team Leader of FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment; (23:40) Lutfi Akca, Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey; (37:04) Eva Muller, Director, Forest Economic Policy and Products Division, FAO.
43min. 04sec.

Remarks by Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO Forestry Department.
10min. 54sec.

Closing remarks by Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Coordinator for Natural Resources.
4min. 18sec.
Topic(s): Climate change, Director-General, Environment/Natural resources, Forestry, Meeting
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11070