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Forest Day 2 Addresses Forests and Climate Change

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6 December 2008: The second Forest Day event was held in Poznań, Poland, to facilitate discussions on the potential to incorporate forests into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at the global and national levels. Taking place in parallel with the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UNFCCC, Forest Day 2 was co-hosted by the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Poland and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a partnership of 14 forest-related international organizations, chaired by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

Following on the positive response to the first Forest Day held on 8 December 2007, in Bali, Indonesia, during UNFCCC COP 13, Forest Day 2 considered cross-cutting themes such as: adaptation of forests to climate change; addressing forest degradation through sustainable forest management; capacity building for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD); and options for integrating REDD into the global climate regime.

A drafting committee representing members of the CPF produced a summary of key messages that emerged in the course of the day, to be forwarded to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Key messages included: that climate change adaptation and mitigation are linked, particularly in the context of forests; that it is important to involve women, the poor, and indigenous peoples in the design and operation of forest-related climate change policies; and that forests provide significant co-benefits beyond carbon storage. Differing views were expressed on whether and how these benefits should be monetized and included in a potential regime for REDD. [IISD RS Coverage of Forest Day 2] [Forest Day 2 Website]