SUPPORTING EACH OTHER
Women are exemplary, focused, resilient, and effective leaders and engaged in promoting healthy living and work environments, thereby strengthening our capacity and capabilities. Addressing the complex and multi-faceted relationships characteristic of forest ecosystems serves as inspiration in supporting each other.
Women are caregivers within communities and families and need to remember to prioritize mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health to strengthen the ability to cope with daily stresses and, at the same time, model healthy behaviors for those around us.
Forest-based solutions must be inclusive of the perspectives of family farmers, smallholders, forest communities, Indigenous Peoples, women, and youth and respectful of their rights. (Source: Seoul Forest Declaration).
Indigenous and Tribal nations, impacted by a history of displacement, genocide, and cultural genocide, hold traditional ways of knowing that have historically been devalued and deserve to be elevated and included in decision-making and sustainable forest value chains.
GREATEST FOREST CHALLENGES
The challenges facing forests are diverse and include a loss of forest resiliency, disrupted disturbance regimes, wildland-urban interface conflict, transformative market dynamics, political polarization, climate change, and a lack of understanding and trust in forest management.
The world is relying on the forest and forest products sector to provide solutions to global environmental change. The necessary innovations of today and tomorrow will require interdisciplinary collaboration, creative execution, and the inclusion of a wide range of skills, abilities, perspectives, and talent.
Forests are dynamic and variable across multiple spatial and temporal scales, and taking a longer-term, broader-scale, and inclusive perspective is critical for addressing the greatest forest challenges.
We have the science, experience, and technical expertise, but we need to tap into the hearts and minds of people.