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Report on Forest Day 2

Building consensus on the road to Copenhagen

UNFCCC COP 14 parallel event
6 December 2008
Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland

Forest Day 2 was held in parallel with the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Pozna?, Poland.

The event was co-hosted by the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Poland and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). Building on the positive response to the first Forest Day held in Bali, Indonesia, during UNFCCC COP 13, Forest Day 2 brought together nearly 900 participants from a diverse range of forest stakeholders, academics and decision makers from around the world, to discuss key issues that link forests with climate change. In addition to four central themes for the day participants also took part in nearly 40 related side events.

Opening Plenary

Frances Seymour, CIFOR Director General, introduced the event and emphasised the urgent need to establish how forests will be included in a future global climate agenda.

The opening plenary featured a welcoming address by H.E. Maciej Nowicki, Poland's Minister of the Environment, who noted that although they play a key role in the mitigation of climate change, forests are also vulnerable to climate change and that adaptation strategies will need to be developed. Participants then heard brief perspectives on the challenges of integrating forests into the global climate agenda from Jan Heino from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), who spoke on behalf of the CPF, Sunita Narain from the Centre for Science and Environment, Martin Parry from the Grantham Institute and Center for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, and Pavan Sukhdev from the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

Cross-Cutting Themes

Following the opening plenary, participants took part in four sub-plenary sessions to discuss the following cross-cutting themes:

  • Adaptation of forests to climate change - bridging the gap between knowledge and action
  • 'The second D' - sustainable forest management addressing forest degradation
  • Getting ready for REDD - capacity building for REDD strategy planning and monitoring in three countries
  • Global REDD architecture - options for integrating REDD into the global climate regime

Forest Day also featured 38 Side Events, 19 Posters and Exhibition Booths.

Closing Plenary

Frances Seymour delivered a summary of Forest Day 2 to Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. This summary was drafted by a committee representing members of the CPF, and included points of consensus as well as points of disagreement that emerged during the course of the day. Seymour highlighted the need to, inter alia:

  • Include forests in climate mitigation and adaptation mechanisms and strategies
  • Ensure full inclusion and participation of civil society in international, regional, national and local decision-making processes
  • Recognize and respect the rights of women, poor people and Indigenous Peoples

Yvo de Boer  responded to the summary on behalf of the UNFCCC. He noted that the consultation phase on REDD has resulted in nearly 700 pages of input, but that this phase is coming to an end. He encouraged making linkages and identifying possible co-benefits that can be achieved with other agreements. He acknowledged that indigenous people needed to be further consulted, and encouraged greater coordination between World Bank and UN-REDD initiatives. Regarding the scope of REDD, he encouraged a conservative approach to begin with in order to establish credibility. While acknowledging the importance of safeguards, he cautioned that these can become overly restrictive and scare away financing, as with afforestation and reforestation under the CDM.

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Co-hosted by: CIFOR, the Government of Poland & the Polish State Forests NFH, and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF):- CIFOR - CBD Secretariat - FAO - GEF - ICRAF - ITTO - IUCN - IUFRO Secretariat - UNCCD Secretariat - UNDP - UNEP - UNFCCC Secretariat - UNFF Secretariat - World Bank

  • Adaptation of forests to climate change - bridging the gap between knowledge and action
  • 'The second D' - sustainable forest management addressing forest degradation
  • Getting ready for REDD - capacity building for REDD strategy planning and monitoring in three countries
  • Global REDD architecture - options for integrating REDD into the global climate regime

 

Funding Partners

  • Members of the CPF: CIFOR, FAO, ITTO, IUFRO, CBD, UNCCD, UNFF, UNDP, UNEP, ICRAF, WB, and IUCN
  • Australian Agency for International Development, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Government of Norway
  • The Government of Poland and the Polish State Forests NFH