Bruno Vander Velde
Media Liaison & Outreach Manager
Center for International Forestry Research
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(Bali Dec 8, 2007): The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Mr. Yvo de Boer, was presented with a set of key recommendations on the role of forests in combating climate change for consideration at the 13th Conference of the Parties in Bali (COP 13).
Mr. de Boer welcomed the contribution that the many world-leading experts and forest organizations attending Forest Day could make in influencing forest and climate policy at the global level.
He said forests were well established now on the international agenda, following increasing awareness of the importance of tackling deforestation to reduce the rate of global warming.
“In the climate change process, there is growing political acknowledgement of the need to reduce emissions from deforestation”, he said.
“The issue has been one of the key areas of discussion at the UN Climate Change Conference, where Parties have made important progress in agreeing to conduct further work on methodologies in preparation for a comprehensive regime on reducing emissions from deforestation”, he added.
He drove home the fact that if we do not sustain trees, we will soon live in a world that will not sustain us. The methodological work will include assessments of changes in forest cover and how to demonstrate reductions of emissions from deforestation.
Forest Day recommendations from the Collaborative Partnership on Forests included:
The recommendations were presented at the first ever Forest Day held in conjunction with the annual COP. Forest Day was organized by CIFOR and its partners in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.
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