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Forest Day 3 Supports Including REDD in Copenhagen Outcome

14dic_09_00213 December 2009: The third Forest Day event convened in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 13 December 2009. It took place in parallel with the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, which convened from 7-18 December 2009, and was co-hosted by the Centre for International Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Denmark and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), a partnership of forest-related international organizations formed in 2000 to enhance cooperation on forest issues.

The 1600 registered Forest Day 3 participants heard keynote statements from Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, and Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics. Participants also convened in three subplenary sessions to discuss mitigation, adaptation and degradation, respectively, as well as eight learning events.

A summary statement from the event was developed based on participants' responses to a series of questions posed to the subplenary sessions, and was presented to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, during the closing plenary. The statement indicates that participants supported including "REDD+ (including conservation, sustainable forest management (SFM) and stock enhancement)" in the climate change agreement.

In his statement to Forest Day 3, de Boer called for capitalizing on the present historical moment, with 43,000 participants registered at the Conference of the Parties and 120 Heads of State and government currently scheduled to attend the high-level segment. He noted that, with the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, attention to climate change shifted away from a broader agenda on sustainable development, biodiversity and food security, and added that the Bali Roadmap provides an opportunity to address other issues than industrialized country emission reduction targets. He suggested that, while politicians will focus on targets, finance and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), other relevant constituencies should ensure that attention is not diverted from the four building blocks, capacity building and REDD+ "when the spotlight shifts elsewhere." He thus called on Forest Day 3 participants to contribute to ensuring the social and environmental integrity of the architecture of the Copenhagen outcome.[IISD RS Coverage][Forest Day 3 Website]