Only a few seats remain for the sixth and final Forest Day, held annually during the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. The organizers now believe Forest Day at the COP has accomplished its original objectives.
“The mission to put forests on the climate change agenda is arguably completed. (But) the mission to deliver sustainable, climate-smart and equitable growth in the green sectors has barely started. To succeed, we need holistic approaches and we need to tear down sector boundaries that obscure our view and limit the set of solutions,” wrote Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in his blog post, Forest Day – time to move on, announcing that the December 2 event would be the last.
“We are therefore looking forward to building on the Forest Day experience, joining forces with a wider range of partners in agriculture and rural development, and holding a Landscape Day at the UNFCCC COP next year.”
This year’s event will already take a big step in this direction and is working under the banner of ‘Living Landscapes’, which refers to the interconnections between forests and agriculture and their impacts on people and society.
Among the line-up of over 70 speakers this year are Herman Humberto Rosa Chavez, El Salvadoran Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources; Justin Lee, Australian Ambassador for Climate Change; Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility; Will Steffen, Executive Director of the Australian National University’s Climate Change Institute; Mary Barton-Dock, Director of Climate Policy and Finance at the World Bank.
Forest Day 6 will be followed by Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 slated for December 3 at the same venue.
Though Forest Day will no longer be organised on the occasion of the UNFCCC COP, the organisers are still planning for future Forest Days in other locations and will make an announcement in coming months.
CIFOR will have writers blogging about forests and climate change at COP18. To read their stories, visit CIFOR’s Forest News blog at www.blog.cifor.org/cop18
Click here to register now for Forest Day on December 2 in Doha.
If you are not going to Doha, you will be able to watch a live video stream of Forest Day on December 2 atwww.ForestDay.org/live at 0900 Doha time (1300 Jakarta time) (0700 CET) (0600 GMT) (0100 EST).
(This post is based on email received from Forest Day Steering Committee ( firstname.lastname@example.org) by blogger.)