Forests and climate change

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Forest Days

Forest Day, now in its sixth year, is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world.

Led by the Center for International Forestry Research on behalf of and in close cooperation with the CPF partners, each Forest Day takes place annually on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.  The Day is designed to inform and engage world leaders, researchers, donors, policymakers, climate change negotiators, media, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organisations, indigenous peoples' groups and other forest-dependent people.  View more information about Forest Day


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Global Forest Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change

New study on biodiversity, SFM and REDD+

The Global Forest Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change was the first thematic panel established under the CPF Global Forest Expert Panels initiative, led by IUFRO. The Expert Panel was formed by GFEP in late 2007 to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the state of knowledge regarding the impacts of climate change on forests, their implications for human wellbeing, and the options for adaptation.

A new study Embracing complexity: meeting the challenges of international forest governance was issued together with a policy brief in 2011 by the Global Forest Expert Panel on International Forest Regime. It suggests among other things that global efforts have too often ignored local needs and failed to address the fact that deforestation is usually caused by economic pressures from outside the forests.

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Strategic framework for forests and climate change

In 2008 CPF members agreed to initiate a concerted effort to draw a strategic framework for the response to the climate change agenda.

The strategic framework aims at reaching achievable objectives, leading to and emphasizing practical action on the ground and reportable outcomes. CPF members agreed on the process to prepare the strategic framework and on its broad scope, including mitigation and adaptation aspects and the needs related to Reduce Emission from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD). Bringing together in this strategy their collective experience in the field of forestry, CPF members will also assist countries in their preparations for the post-2012 climate regime. 

Strategic framework for forests and climate change
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