Our Common Future under Climate Change: CIFOR on forests, justice and REDD+

07 - 10 Jul 2015, UNESCO Headquarters


Our Common Future under Climate Change:
CIFOR on forests, justice and REDD+

7 – 10 Jul 2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France


CIFOR invites you to its side events at the largest forum for the scientific community ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Track the emission hotspots being discovered around the tropics. Learn about the growing call for climate resilience in West Africa.

Understand the technical and political issues facing REDD+ implementation, as well as the vital role justice and equity can play in these discussions.

Co-hosted by

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

2219(a) & 2219(b) – Politics and numbers: Political and technical challenges in reducing emissions from forests with REDD+
14:30-16:00 & 16:30-18:00, UNESCO Fontenoy – Room II
MariaMaria Brockhaus WilliamWilliam Sunderlin ClaudioClaudio de Sassi MarianaMariana Rufino LouisLouis Verchot ChristopherChristopher Martius
In this session, Maria Brockhaus examines the role of information sharing and unpacks the politics at play in generating reference levels.William Sunderlin and Claudio de Sassi draw upon evidence from six countries to discuss the effectiveness of subnational REDD+ initiatives.Mariana Rufino and Louis Verchot examine the opportunities for land-sparing and climate smart agriculture as REDD+ is implemented.

Christopher Martius is the lead convener.

3331 – Forest landscape management to create resilience in the face of climate change in West and Central Africa
15:00-16:30, UPMC Jussieu – Room 307 – Block 24/34
LouisLouis Verchot DenisDenis Sonwa MiguelMiguel Pinedo-Vasquez AnneAnne-Marie Tiani CharlotteCharlotte Pavageau IdaIda Nadia Sèdjro Djenontin
In this session, Louis Verchot, Denis Sonwa, and Miguel Pinedo-Vasquez examine the implications of deforestation in West and Central Africa. While the carbon impacts are increasingly discussed, the social and economic benefits of these forests remain undervalued.Anne-Marie Tiani and Charlotte Pavageau explore the progress being made in drawing mitigation and adaptation together. Tendencies are identified from the 94 national programs and activities being developed for REDD+ in the Congo Basin.Ida Nadia Sèdjro Djenontin brings us to Burkina Faso, where households are seeking greater climate resilience. New research highlights the importance of tree diversification when considering a community’s adaptive capacity.
2218 – Land-based mitigation: Agriculture, forests, bioenergy
16:30-18:00, UNESCO Fontenoy – Room IX
MariaMariana Rufino LouisLouis Verchot ChristopherChristopher Martius
In this session, Mariana Rufino, Louis Verchot  and Christopher Martius present new research into the linkages between REDD+ and agriculture. With emissions hotspots identified, the potential role of climate smart agriculture will be examined.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

3323 – Governance and Justice
17:30-19:00, UPMC Jussieu – Room 103 – Block 24/34

Andrew Wardell

In this session, Andrew Wardell highlights the very limited attention currently paid to the legal framework of REDD+ in often diverse countries and settings. The recent emergence of treaty-based regimes and instruments will also be discussed.