A proven solution
In this time of crisis, governments must protect all poor and vulnerable rural people. And recognize how forest communities and community forestry build resilience to disasters for us all.
In the post-COVID-19 world, we must support meaningful engagement among forest communities, government and private sector so that they can find and build on shared interests in order to design sustainable and fair solutions to pandemics, climate change and other disasters.
To achieve this, we must build and strengthen the capacities of forest communities, civil society and government at the local level so that communities can negotiate and secure an equitable share of benefits. Otherwise, we will return to rampant deforestation and further perpetuate inequalities.
Video: Nine steps to an equitable and sustainable recovery after COVID-19
RECOFTC’s executive director David Ganz presents nine steps to recovering from COVID-19 in a way that respects the rights, aspirations and knowledge of local communities living in and beside forests. Watch Ganz’s keynote speech at the Forestry Webinar Week organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations from 22 to 25 June 2020.
This is where RECOFTC can apply its strengths. And this is how RECOFTC is responding to the challenge of COVID-19 and climate change. As a neutral convener and capacity builder of all, we are intensifying and expanding our efforts to build strong, legitimate partnerships among forest communities, governments and the private sector based on trust, accountability, transparency and mutual respect.
We invite you to visit this page in the coming period to find out what is coming next as part of our response to the COVID-19 emergency.
On behalf of RECOFTC, we wish everyone’s families and friends good health, safety and stability in the time of COVID-19.
RECOFTC's work is made possible with the continuous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).