At COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, President Emmanuel Macron and President Ali Bongo announced that a One Forest Summit would be held in Libreville, Gabon, on 1st and 2nd of March, 2023.
Tropical forests provide an invaluable service both to local populations and to humanity by offering many resources but also by sequestering carbon and hosting biodiversity hotspots.
This summit will be an opportunity to make progress and renew our collective ambition regarding the preservation and sustainable management of forests, which are critical to tackling the most pressing interrelated global challenges, at the forefront of which climate change and biodiversity loss. The promotion of a North-South solidarity, central to protecting these vital reserves, will also be a key element.
Building on the experience of previous One Planet Summits, this summit will gather heads of States and governments, leaders of international organisations, financial institutions, private sector, international NGOs, think tanks and research centers, indigenous people’s organisations and civil society.
The One Forest Summit aims to lead to new commitments and concrete initiatives on:
- Advancing knowledge and promoting scientific cooperation on forest ecosystems
- Fostering sustainable value chains in the forestry sector
- Unlocking innovative sources of financing including market-based biodiversity conservation solutions.
The first day of the summit, on March 1st, will focus on bringing together member of governments, civil society leaders and scientific experts to deliver on these three topics. The attendees will have the opportunity to take part in ministerial events and side-events related to the three pillars of the summit.
The second day, on March 2nd, will be dedicated to the high-level segment, uniting heads of States and governments on the topic of the Congo basin and the common challenges faced by the African, Amazonian and Asian tropical forest basins.
The registrations to participate to the One Forest Summit are open: https://oneforestsummit.com/en/
The website will be completed soon with elements of programme and logistical information.