Earth Day 2020: In this time of Covid-19 crisis we need to be challenging entrenched myths about our forests

A woman in Kagamega forest, Kenya. Photo.
Kagamega forest, Kenya

On Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, LUCSUS and researchers from Political Science at Lund University, in collaboration with Sussex University, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Helsinki University have a new paper accepted with Global Sustainability entitled "Unearthing the myths of global sustainable forest governance".

Despite efforts to address the global forest crisis, deforestation and degradation continue, so we need to urgently revisit possible solutions. A failure to halt the global forest crisis contributes to climate change and biodiversity loss and will continue to result in inequalities in access to, and benefits from, forest resources. This work unpack a series of powerful myths about forests and their management. By exposing and better understanding these myths and what makes them so persistent, we have the basis to make the social and political changes needed to better manage and protect forests globally.

“More than ever in the context of the current Covid-19 crisis we need to be challenging entrenched myths about our forests and presenting ways in which we can govern these resources sustainably for the future.” - Emily Boyd, Director LUCSUS