Forests and climate change after Copenhagen: An Asia-Pacific perspective
The 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was held 7-18 December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The spotlight fell on forests, forestry and REDD+ and although no legally binding agreement was reached, some significant outcomes were achieved. Following Copenhagen, forestry stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific have raised many questions about the meaning of COP 15 for people, forests, and forestry.
In this context, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in collaboration with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, convened a meeting on 3 February 2010, in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting had two aims:
- To discuss and answer questions that forest stakeholders have been asking following the COP15 negotiations.
- To debate the key issues that foresters and forestry institutions will face in developing climate change policies and strategies.
Twelve regional and international experts attended, along with 29 observers affiliated with the Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade Program’s REDD Learning Network. The newly published report, Forests and climate change after Copenhagen: An Asia-Pacific perspective (PDF), provides answers to a dozen key questions.