Back to the One Forest Summit
Co-organised by President Emmanuel Macron and President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the sixth edition of the One Planet Summit, entirely dedicated to tropical forests, took place in Libreville, Gabon, on March 1 and 2, 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.
The One Forest Summit has been 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, has also been a key element.
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March 2: High-level segment of the One Forest Summit, bringing together heads of state and government to discuss the common challenges faced by the African, Amazonian and Asian tropical forest basins
This segment brought together at the Presidential Palace in Libreville: 11 heads of state and government, 27 ministers, leaders of international organizations, financial institutions, representatives of the private sector, international NGOs, think tanks and research centers, indigenous peoples' organizations and civil society.
It focused on finding concrete and actionable solutions to the following key issues:
- 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 "Libreville Plan" developed at the Summit represents the roadmap for new commitments and concrete initiatives to address these major challenges.
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Ministerial sessions of the One Forest Summit, prior to the heads of state and government segment
March 1st and 2nd brought together members of governments and civil society as well as experts from various backgrounds in order to advance the ambition of the three main axes of the One Forest Summit and prepare the work presented to the heads of state and government.
Ministerial events on scientific cooperation on forest ecosystems allowed to work on:
- the One Forest Vision project’s expectations and objectives
- umbrella and emblematic species of tropical forests and their link with natural and cultural heritages
- the PREZODE « Preventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence » Initiative
Workshops on sustainable value chains in the forestry sector focused on:
- sustainable exploitation of forests and the valorisation of wood products
- agroforesty and living income for producers
- traceability as the key to sustainability
- sustainable use of forest resources
A One Forest Business Forum was also held on the morning of March 2.
Ministerial events ministériels around innovative sources of financing explored:
- Making market-based instruments deliver for climate, nature and people, including highlighting the recommendations of the GEF report on innovative finance for nature and people
- A coalition of champions to scale-up high environmental value carbon creditsthrough their Libreville Work Plan
- Leveraging innovative finance mechanisms for nature
Relive the ministerial sessions
Alongside them, side-events were organised by WWF, Climate Chance, Meridiam, the FGIS…
Ministerial meetings on the follow-up of COP15 and the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and with the youth involved in the One Forest Youth Forum, organized on the sidelines of the Summit, were also set up in order to anchor the work in its international context and respond to global expectations for the preservation and sustainable management of tropical forests.
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