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Forest Day 3

The third annual Forest Day brought together nearly 1500 forestry experts, policy makers and activists to discuss key issues around forests and climate change.

The event took place alongside the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 15). Forest Day sponsors sought to directly address the challenges associated with moving REDD+ from negotiation to implementation.

(REDD+ stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks.)

The Forest Day 3 summary statement prepared by the hosting organisation, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, was presented to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, at the end of the meeting.

Key issues deliberated at the UN Climate Change Conference included the role of forests in emissions reductions, but the lack of explicit emissions ceilings and funding for REDD+ indicate that more work on forests' role in mitigating and adapting to climate change should be discussed next year in Mexico.

A live blog captured the day's key events. Three Nobel Laureates, two former heads of state and three serving government ministers gave keynote speeches.

Elinor Ostrom, who had received the Nobel Prize for economics in Oslo the preceding week, made a passionate call for local communities to be fully recognised as part of the process for developing and implementing REDD+.

Commenting via video address, former US President Bill Clinton said that the global community must give more attention to helping poor communities adapt to climate change already underway.

'None of this will be easy, or it would have been done before,' he said. 'But it can be done.'

Other key speakers included Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt movement and Nobel laureate; Hilary Benn, the UK Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Sir Nicholas Stern, head of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Here is a guide to the articles, speeches, session presentations and other materials from the day's events.