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Maintaining Momentum on Forests and Climate Change

October 8, 2010
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A community-managed forest in Oaxaca, Mexico. Photo: Nathan Russell.

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests and the Government of Mexico (through its National Forestry Commission) have announced that Forest Day 4 will be held alongside the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place at Cancún, Mexico, in early December.

The event will build on momentum created by previous, highly influential Forest Days, heightening global awareness about the role forests play in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Toward this end, Forest Day 4 will provide a global platform where anyone with an interest in forests and climate change can exchange views. It will bring together outstanding thinkers, speakers and innovators to share their passion for forests and the rights of the people who depend on them, informing world leaders, scientists, donors, journalists, policy makers, community leaders and activists.

Forests featured prominently in the Copenhagen Accord that emerged from last year’s 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This was the first international agreement to recommend that financial resources be committed to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks).

But the Accord is not legally binding. The place of REDD+ in the global climate change architecture has yet to be secured. This year’s negotiations in Cancún are a key opportunity to shape the future of the world’s forests. Held in conjunction with COP16, Forest Day 4 will provide a unique opportunity to influence international climate negotiations. Last year dozens of UNFCCC delegates attended the event. This year’s event aims to ensure that developments in forest policy are informed by a diverse range of voices, bringing the best science to the negotiating table.

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