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Mission and Vision

The mission of the Global Forest Coalition is the observation and restoration of forest eco-systems and traditional knowledge, to defend and promote respect for the rights and territories of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, through promoting sustainable livelihoods that secure the co-existence of people and forests for a sustainable quality of life of existing and future generations.

The Global Forest Coalition’s vision states:

  • Real forests with and for people! Sustainable co-existence of forest eco-systems, Indigenous Peoples and local communities for saving forests as roots of life, taking into account the specific rights, role, needs and aspirations of women.
  • The rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are fully respected and complied with in all forest-related policies. Customary systems of forest governance and conservation and the land and territorial rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities are fully respected.
  • Governments comply with the historical agreement to halt deforestation and forest biodiversity loss, at the latest by 2020. The privatisation, commercialisation and deterioration of public policy, including through public-private partnerships, is halted and governments guarantee the protection of human rights, including in particular the human rights of vulnerable groups.
  • Plantations are not forests. In line with international definitions, forest conservation includes the preservation, the sustainable use and the restoration of forests with indigenous species.
  • Forests are not for trade, forests are for life. Lowering consumption of wood and other products that threaten forests is a very important world task.
    Forests are at the heart of climate regulation, saving biodiversity and halting desertification. Without saving forests it is impossible to achieve progress in any of the three ‘Rio conventions’ that deal with these concerns.
  • Cultural diversity and cultural dialogues are the guarantee of saving biodiversity. The world must help Indigenous People and local communities to save cultural diversity, and traditional knowledge which are the main players for saving forest eco-systems, taking into account the crucial role of the youth and intergenerational dialogue.