Forests and climate change

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Global Landscapes Forum

The Global Landscapes Forum is the successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days.  Multifunctional landscapes and land uses are at the heart of the intertwined challenges associated with climate and development. Global Landscapes Forums, held alongside the UN climate negotiations, create a platform for positioning landscapes in the new international agreements on climate and sustainable development. The events bring thousands of negotiators, world leaders, researchers, civil society leaders, business leaders, practitioners and policymakers in agriculture, forestry and development, funding organizations, and media, making it the largest, most influential event outside the UNFCCC COP. 

What is a landscapes approach? Farms, forests, water bodies and settlements are not isolated elements but part of a wider landscape in which all land uses are integrated. A landscapes approach entails viewing and managing multiple land uses in an integrated manner, considering both the natural environment and the human systems that depend on it.

Led by the Center for International Forestry Research on behalf of and in close cooperation with the CPF partners, each Global Landscapes Forum takes place annually on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties.  View more information about Global Landscapes Forum


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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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