SL signatory to Glasgow declaration on forest conservation

SL signatory to Glasgow declaration on forest conservation

SL signatory to Glasgow declaration on forest conservation

Written by Amani Nilar

05 Nov, 2021 | 3:37 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka has signed a Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land use, reaffirming Sri Lanka’s efforts to conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration.

Sri Lanka has been noted as a signatory in the document beside Brazil, Bhutan, Canada, Cuba among 131 other countries.

The declaration’s signatories have recognised the need to meet their land use, climate, biodiversity and sustainable development goals, both globally and nationally, will require transformative further action in the interconnected areas of sustainable production and consumption; infrastructure development; trade; finance and investment; and support for smallholders, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities, who depend on forests for their livelihoods and have a key role in their stewardship.

Moreover, the signatories have pledged to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation.

Sri Lanka also signed a “No new coal” compact agreement recently as well.

Full Statement:

We, the leaders of the countries identified below:

Emphasise the critical and interdependent roles of forests of all types, biodiversity and sustainable land use in enabling the world to meet its sustainable development goals; to help achieve a balance between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and removal by sinks; to adapt to climate change; and to maintain other ecosystem services.

Reaffirm our respective commitments, collective and individual, to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological  Diversity, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, the Sustainable Development Goals; and other relevant initiatives.

Reaffirm our respective commitments to sustainable land use, and to the conservation, protection, sustainable management and restoration of forests, and other terrestrial  ecosystems.

Recognise that to meet our land use, climate, biodiversity and sustainable development goals, both globally and nationally, will require transformative further action in the  interconnected areas of sustainable production and consumption; infrastructure development; trade; finance and investment; and support for smallholders, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities, who depend on forests for their livelihoods and have a key role in their stewardship.

Highlight the areas of strong progress in recent years and the opportunities before us to accelerate action.

We therefore commit to working collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation.

We will strengthen our shared efforts to:

  1. Conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration;
  2. Facilitate trade and development policies, internationally and domestically, that promote sustainable development, and sustainable commodity production and consumption, that work to countries’ mutual benefit, and that do not drive deforestation and land degradation;
  3. Reduce vulnerability, build resilience and enhance rural livelihoods, including through empowering communities, the development of profitable, sustainable agriculture, and recognition of the multiple values of forests, while recognising the rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as local communities, in accordance with relevant national legislation and international instruments, as appropriate;
  4. Implement and, if necessary, redesign agricultural policies and programmes to incentivise sustainable agriculture, promote food security, and benefit the environment;
  5. Reaffirm international financial commitments and significantly increase finance and investment from a wide variety of public and private sources, while also improving its effectiveness and accessibility, to enable sustainable agriculture, sustainable forest management, forest conservation and restoration, and support for Indigenous Peoples and local communities;
  6. Facilitate the alignment of financial flows with international goals to reverse forest loss and degradation, while ensuring robust policies and systems are in place to accelerate the transition to an economy that is resilient and advances forest, sustainable land use, biodiversity and climate goals.

We urge all leaders to join forces in a sustainable land use transition. This is essential to meeting the Paris Agreement goals, including reducing vulnerability to the impacts of  climate change and holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C, noting that the science shows further  acceleration of efforts is needed if we are to collectively keep 1.5°C within reach. Together we can succeed in fighting climate change, delivering resilient and inclusive growth, and  halting and reversing forest loss and land degradation.

% of forest covered by endorsers: 90.06%
Hectares of forest covered by endorsers: 3,655,690,910
Square miles of forest covered by endorsers: 14,114,695

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Angola
  4. Argentina
  5. Armenia
  6. Australia
  7. Austria
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. Belgium
  10. Belize
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. Botswana
  14. Brazil
  15. Brunei Darussalam
  16. Bulgaria
  17. Burkina Faso
  18. Cameroon
  19. Canada
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. Chile
  23. China
  24. Colombia
  25. Costa Rica
  26. Côte d’Ivoire
  27. Croatia
  28. Cuba
  29. Cyprus
  30. Czech Republic
  31. Denmark
  32. Dominican Republic
  33. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  34. Ecuador
  35. Equatorial Guinea
  36. Estonia
  37. Eswatini
  38. European Commission on behalf of the European Union
  39. Fiji
  40. Finland
  41. France
  42. Gabon
  43. Georgia
  44. Germany
  45. Ghana
  46. Greece
  47. Grenada
  48. Guatemala
  49. Guinea Bissau
  50. Guyana
  51. Haiti
  52. Honduras
  53. Hungary
  54. Iceland
  55. Indonesia
  56. Ireland
  57. Israel
  58. Italy
  59. Jamaica
  60. Japan
  61. Kazakhstan
  62. Kenya
  63. Kyrgyzstan
  64. Latvia
  65. Lebanon
  66. Liberia
  67. Liechtenstein
  68. Lithuania
  69. Luxembourg
  70. Madagascar
  71. Malawi
  72. Mali
  73. Malta
  74. Mauritius
  75. Mexico
  76. Moldova
  77. Monaco
  78. Mongolia
  79. Montenegro
  80. Morocco
  81. Mozambique
  82. Nepal
  83. Netherlands
  84. New Zealand
  85. Niger
  86. Nigeria
  87. North Macedonia
  88. Norway
  89. Pakistan
  90. Panama
  91. Papua New Guinea
  92. Paraguay
  93. Peru
  94. Philippines
  95. Poland
  96. Portugal
  97. Republic of the Congo
  98. Romania
  99. Russia
  100. Saint Lucia
  101. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  102. Samoa
  103. San Marino
  104. Sao Tome and Principe
  105. Senegal
  106. Seychelles
  107. Sierra Leone
  108. Slovakia
  109. Slovenia
  110. Somalia
  111. South Korea
  112. Spain
  113. Sri Lanka
  114. Suriname
  115. Sweden
  116. Switzerland
  117. Syria
  118. Tanzania
  119. Togo
  120. Tonga
  121. Turkey
  122. Uganda
  123. Ukraine
  124. United Arab Emirates
  125. United Kingdom
  126. United States of America
  127. Uruguay
  128. Vanuatu
  129. Vietnam
  130. Zambia
  131. Zimbabwe

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