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FAO Publishes Booklet on Forests and Climate Change in Asia

March 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) have published a booklet on the Asia-Pacific perspective on forests and climate change after the Cancun Climate Change Conference, held in December 2010.

The booklet, which is titled "Forests and climate change after Cancun - An Asia-Pacific perspective," was the result of an expert consultation on the topic, held in February 2011, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The booklet covers three areas: reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); and the Green Climate Fund.

It provides information on several key topics: progress on REDD+ at the Cancun negotiations and why a decision on REDD+ financing was deferred; progress since the Copenhagen negotiations in 2009; next steps in REDD+ negotiations; the lack of binding commitments for REDD+; LULUCF in Asia-Pacific; the Green Climate Fund and the Asia-Pacific forestry sector; REDD+ costs and safeguards; REDD+, participation and livelihood benefits; and challenges to REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific. [Publication: Forests and Climate Change after Cancun: An Asia-Pacific Perspective]