Sixth Forest Day Focuses on Interlinkages Between Forests and Agriculture

3 December 2012: Forest Day 6 was convened by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on the margins of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Day, which took place on 2 December 2012, at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, in Doha, Qatar, convened under the theme ‘Living Landscapes - Solutions for a Sustainable World,' focusing on the links between forests and agriculture, as well as their impacts on people and society. Forest Day was followed by Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5, which took place at the same venue on 3 December.

Forest Day provided an opportunity for those interested in forests to discuss the latest science and research, and identify ways for forests to be integrated into global and national policy on climate change. Particular negotiation issues included progress and follow up on the agreements reached at the 17th session of the COP to the UNFCCC concerning reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

The Days' events also sought to discuss how REDD+ can effectively produce social and environmental benefits, and ways and means to ensure good governance and sustainable, long-term financing for REDD+, as well as the enhanced integration of forests into climate change adaptation.

CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). [Forest Day 6 Website]