Global Leaders, Activists and Academics Gathering for COP15 Forest Day 3 in Copenhagen

Barriers to REDD, New Findings on Forest-Carbon-Climate Relationship, and the State of Forests in Global Climate Negotiations among Topics to be Debated

In the midst of contentious negotiations in Copenhagen, more than 1,500 leading forestry experts, activists, policymakers, and global leaders will gather for the third annual Forest Day (FD3). Participants will explore and debate the implications of new scientific findings on the evolving relationship between forests and climate adaptation and mitigation. Attendees will debate whether REDD mechanisms will work in practice, whether adaptation has a role to play in sustaining forests and the people who depend on them, and what is the potential for restoring deforested and degraded forest lands.

Attendees will also address the drivers of deforestation from within and beyond the forest sector, and the opportunities and challenges for REDD as a tool for simultaneously slowing deforestation and removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Key speakers:

  • Elinor Ostrom, 2009 Nobel Laureate for Economic Science and political economist at Indiana University
  • Rajendra K. Pauchari, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Director General of Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI)
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Norwegian Prime Minister, former Secretary General of the World Health Organization and Special Envoy on Climate Change to UN Secretary General
  • Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Wangari Maathai, Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement

Key issues to be discussed at FD3:

  • How will increased pressure to convert forests to farmlands for food and biofuels impact the success of REDD?
  • What are the lessons from current REDD activities?
  • What are the potential social effects of REDD initiatives? How will these initiatives recognize the rights and roles of indigenous and local communities?
  • What are the lessons learned in measuring past and future carbon emissions caused by deforestation?
  • Will poor forest communities benefit from REDD in its current structure?
  • Should adaptation be included in the Climate Change Agreement?
  • What is the potential impact on climate change of the restoration of deforested lands and what are the challenges?

Journalists can find more information on Forest Day 3 at www.forestday3.org.  Journalists unable to register will be able to register on the day of the event.

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