Created on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:40
19 November 2015, Manila – The 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting was successfully concluded in Manila, the Philippines. APEC leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the aspirational goal in the Sydney Declaration (2007), of increasing forest cover in the region by at least 20 million hectares of all types of forests by 2020. APEC leaders also acknowledged the progress that APEC economies have made to the goal, as documented in the Assessment of Progress Towards the APEC 2020 Forest Cover Goal prepared by APFNet and FAO, and also called for continuous efforts on sustainable forest management and conservation.
Forest areas in the APEC region have increased by 15.4 million hectares in the period 2007 to 2015, to a total of 2.19 billion hectares. However, differences in forest cover change remain across individual economies.