08 October, 2014
Developments in sectors such as agriculture, mining, wood production, water management and fisheries largely shape the world’s current and future biodiversity, as they exert direct pressures on biodiversity. These sectors depend on biodiversity and ecosystems in various ways to provide food, fibre, wood, bio‐energy, fish and clean water for the world’s growing human population. The wood production sector is dependent on forest ecosystems and their goods and services. On the one hand it can be a major contributor to forest biodiversity loss, on the other it can help maintain high levels of biodiversity through responsible management of forest ecosystems. The demand for wood based products such as timber, wood fuel, pulp and paper will increase in the future. Therefore there is a clear need for options to reduce biodiversity loss while maintaining wood production. These are some of the challenges presented in the report “How Sectors Can Contribute to Sustainable Use and Conservation of Biodiversity” that served as scientific basis to the fourth Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4) that was presented during the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, Korea.