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The Forests Dialogue
Forests and Climate
Forests and Climate Overview
Recent acceptance of the role of forests in combating climate change provides significant opportunity for the forest sector to play an influential role in international climate policy negotiations, both under the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change and its associated Protocols, and in relation to the emerging voluntary market for forest-based carbon offsets. For forest stakeholders to take advantage of this opportunity they must be aware of the developing policies and be able to participate in their formation to the greatest extent possible. TFD has convened a series of dialogues on this issue since 2007.
Investing in REDD-plus
TFD Review on REDD-plus Finance and Implementation Dialogues:
REDD+ Benefit Sharing Initiative
For REDD+ to be effective, a benefit-distribution system is needed to incentivize stakeholders, in particular the forest-dependent poor, to participate in REDD+. But a range of critical questions remain on the nature of such a system. Based on the learning from previous dialogues on REDD+ Readiness, TFD and IUCN will conduct a series of dialogues to investigate how to build effective, efficient and fair Benefit Sharing Mechanisms for REDD+ in 2013 and 2014.
REDD Readiness Initiative
A subset of the Forests and Climate issue area, the REDD Readiness series arose as the political process for REDD began to move forward along the UNFCCC path to Copenhagen. Concerned stakeholders groups, including governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, indigenous groups, scientists, donors, and private sector groups have for some time been trying to address the gaps between a country’s willingness to participate in a future REDD mechanism and its technical and institutional capacity. While many countries are eager to participate in and prepare for REDD, resources--both monetary and technical--for building and conducting readiness processes are limited (for example UN-REDD and FCPF), and are benefiting only a limited set of countries. To bridge this gap between willingness and know-how and to ensure that different stakeholders’ voices are heard throughout the process, TFD initiated a series of REDD readiness field dialogues.
Hosting countries to-date include Brazil (October 2009), Ghana (November 2009), Guatemala (January 2010), Ecuador (June 2010) and Cambodia (November 2010).