Forest Day, Cameroon: Shaping the Debate on Forests and Climate Change in Central Africa

24 Apr 2008,

Palais de Congrès, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Thursday, 24 April 2008, 09.00 17.00

Link to program

‘Forests are a key issue for climate change discussions’, said Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), during last December’s international climate meeting in Bali. The conference delegates also expressed an urgent need for ‘meaningful action to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation’ (REDD).

The Central African Congo Basin, the second largest forest area in the world, will play a crucial role in the success of any climate change policy. Proposed new climate initiatives raise questions about the impact and role of these initiatives in the region.

That is why CIFOR is organizing Forest Day – to help shape the debate on forests and climate change in Central Africa. Forest Day will be held on 24 April 2008.

Speakers representing a broad range of forest stakeholders will present and discuss prominent forest issues central to the climate change debate. There will be scientists, local and international NGOs, university lecturers, policymakers, communities, experts and others interested in the subject.

Forest Day aims to provide a regional perspective on the discussions surrounding forests and climate change. By debating and analyzing the social, economic, scientific, technological and political issues, Forest Day will provide stepping stones for informed climate policies in the region.

Presentations, discussions and debates will focus on:

  • Forest’s role in climate change mitigation
  • REDD and mitigating climate change in Central Africa
  • REDD, markets and governance
  • Forests and climate change in Central Africa
  • Financing mechanisms
  • Estimating carbon stock
  • Pilot projects and their technical, monitoring and data-related challenges
  • The carbon market and the forestry sector
  • REDD and rural poverty
  • Interactions between REDD and other forest management approaches