Each year, an area of forest the size of Belgium is lost from our planet.
This comes with devastating consequences as forests are integral to the well-being of our planet. Forests regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and can help drive sustainable growth.
When forests are lost and degraded, we see very different effects: greenhouse gas emissions, fewer chances to sequester carbon, development challenges, difficulty conserving ecosystems and perhaps most notably climate change. These effects are by no means isolated; here in Luxembourg, young people recently took to the streets, aware of how climate change is likely to affect their future.
It is not possible to combat deforestation through public initiatives alone, we all need to commit to change the current situation. As the WWF reported, it is through functioning forests that we have the best chance of withstanding climate change.
This conference explores the impact of “the Missing Belgium” and looks at projects which are helping to restore forests in Central America.
Among the speakers will be Luxembourg finance minister Pierre Gramegna, Professor Ravi Fernando of Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability, and Kaspar Wansleben, from IforD. The talks will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Apricot Wilson of IforD.
Participation is free of charge. Advance registration is compulsory.