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Let`s Go Land-Degradation Neutral - The role of Sustainable Land and Forest Managemen in a Green Economy
19 Jun 2012 - 19 Jun 2012
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

RioCentro T-3


Desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) including deforestation are considered major global environmental issues which are directly linked to poverty and food security. The growing food demand coupled with these environmental, economic and social dilemmas would be of great challenge in the future if no timely and proper action is taken today. At this juncture, it is worth highlighting once more the fact that land is the earth`s very infrastructure for life and is crucial for human well-being, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable land and forest management would pose, in many ways, solutions to these global problems. The foundations on which the options for addressing land and forest degradation are developed are the three pillars of sustainable development, which integrate the social, economic and environmental concerns. It is crucial to minimize and reverse land degradation, to rehabilitate degraded areas, and to ensure the optimal use of land and forest resources for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Therefore, the time is ripe for the international community to commit itself to a land-degradation neutral world. It is in this goal that a global strategy for sustainable land and forest management hopes to become a ?cornerstone of the green economy for poverty eradication and sustainable development.?


The Korea Forest Service (KFS) in cooperation with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Sustainable Land Management Business Forum, and Seoul National University will bring together the expertise to highlight some measurable sustainable development goals and targets, including ?zero-net land degradation (ZNLD),? which will constitute one of noteworthy outcomes of the Rio+20. Participants will be benefited from the successful experience of the Republic of Korea in restoring its degraded land and from the innovative views of prominent speaker on attaining land degradation neutral world. In addition, the important role of private sectors in the sustainable management of the land and forest will be elucidated to ensure a healthy future of productive land.

The schedule of the side event is as following;

17:30-17:35: WELCOME ADDRESS
Mr. Don Koo LEE, Minister of Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea
Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Moderator: Ms. Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF

17:42-17:55 ?From Denuded Land to Green Growth: Lessons from South Korean Success?
Mr. Seong-il KIM, Professor at Seoul National University
17:55-18:08 ?Toward Land Degradation Neutral World through Green Economy?
Mr. Luc GNACADJA, Executive Secretary, UNCCD
18:08-18:21 ?The Role of Private Sectors to Encourage Sustainable Management of Forest and Land?
Mr. Kook Hyun MOON, President of New Paradigm Institute
18:21-18:25 Book Briefing ?Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response?
UNCCD Secretariat
18:47-18:52 WRAP UP
Mr. Uriel Safriel, Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
18:52- 19:00 CLOSING REMARKS
Mr. Don Koo LEE, Minister of Korea Forest Service, Republic of Korea
Mr. Luc GNACADJA, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

*Refreshment will be provided

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