‘We all need a working knowledge of the macro-events that are shaping our world,’ says Forico CEO Evangelista (Ange) Albertini. Below are the high-level insights from the COP27 conference that can help us all address global challenges at a local and personal level.
What is a COP?
A COP, or Conference of the Parties, is a group of nations which have signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This was established in 1992 and commits countries to acting together to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations “at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system”. Since the signing of the convention in 1992, those nations have met annually, this year at COP27.
COP27, the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference, was held in Egypt from 6th to 20th November 2022. More than 92 heads of state an estimated 35,000 representatives, or delegates, of 198 countries were there.
Was COP27 successful?
Set against a difficult geopolitical backdrop, COP27 delivered a package of decisions reaffirming the commitment to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius - that’s 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
What did COP27 achieve?
How can we make a difference at industry and individual level?
There are positives to take away from COP27 but it is clear that there now needs to be real urgency in moving on from target-setting to implementing real outcomes.
Throughout COP27 the recurring theme was that sustainably managed forests will play a pivotal role in the battle against climate change, and also in reversing biodiversity loss. Forests are truly climate positive and nature positive, while biodiversity is essential for the processes and healthy ecosystems that support all life on Earth, including humans.
Forico’s Natural Capital Report clearly communicates the benefits of sustainably managed forests. Sustainable production of wood fibre products and a forestry sector based on nature-based protocols are key factors in mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss and the transition to a circular economy. Forico’s globally certified plantations, carefully managed natural forest and the renewable energy projects we are advancing, including windfarms and biofuel opportunities, are all part of the solution.
Although COP27 was on a global stage, the delivery of climate action begins at home. What we can all do is take this call to arms to our communities, families and friends. Make your voice heard and we can all make a difference. Collective steps we can all take to tackle climate change are:
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