Posted on 04 October 2019
Organizations will combine scientific expertise, knowledge and thought leadership to help tackle challenges facing forests.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the two organisations' shared goal of advancing sustainability and nature conservation. The agreement was signed at the 25th IUFRO World Congress
in Curitiba, Brazil.
WWF, as one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, and IUFRO, as a global research network interconnecting forests, science and people, are represented in more than 100 countries of the world.
“With this Memorandum of Understanding we wish to establish formal collaboration with the aim to contribute more strongly to the achievement of global sustainability, climate and biodiversity goals,” said Alexander Buck, Executive Director of IUFRO.
“Opportunities for collaboration are grouped around the momentum of global processes, nature-based solutions and the role of forests,” said Pablo Pacheco, Global Forest Lead Scientist, WWF. “Both WWF and IUFRO are in a position to jointly make significant contributions to these global agendas by connecting forest-related science, policy and communication."
This collaboration will enable IUFRO and WWF to share and improve knowledge, synthesize lessons and develop thought leadership on approaches for effectively enhancing social and environmental benefits of forests. Such approaches include forest landscape restoration
and sustainable landscapes
, the potential contributions of different types of forest-related options to achieve climate and sustainable development goals, and the contribution of planted forests to a low-carbon future society.