What will happen with the forest at COP 16 conference in Cancun, Mexico

November 25, 2010 by timbercommunity

The sixteenth UN Climate Change Conference will be held in Cancun, Mexico, starting from 29 November to 10 December 2010. The Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren today spoke on TV4 on COP16 mentioning the devastation of the rainforest as a major problem. According to Carlgren, Sweden and Norway have a common understanding and he was also critical of the United States and China in the environmental negotiations.

Andreas Carlgren confirmed a few weeks its financial support in a so-called donors statement together with countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, UK and the US. Total is now funding a total of $ 4,600,000,000 from 2010 to 2012, to over 60 countries.
Efforts for sustainable forest management is made in countries like Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Mozambique and Liberia.

Another Swedish politician Green Party leader Maria Wetterstrand pointing to new opportunities with new players from small countries and the prospect of a coalition of interested states Sweden and Maldives. Wetterstrand have often mentioned the Maldives in her speeches and the country is less than one meter above sea level. With the sea water level increases that could threaten much of the population by the end of this century.

What will happen with the forest at COP 16 conference in Cancun, Mexico.
There have already been a pre-cop meeting in Mexico city with a few influencial politicians attending. But opinion polls in wide range of countries show a striking fall in the ranking of climate change among people's major concerns during the economic crisis. 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 16.  This is the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

A recent article in Washington post called the climate conference meeting in Copenhagen last year for a fiasco since most countries in the world refused to follow Europe's example with ETS (Emission Trading System). The article stated that contrary to official claims, Europe's experience based on ETS is dingy. The system is very expensive and prone to massive fraud.

Also many republicans in the newly elected US congress will oppose clean-energy policies. According to a recent survey by the Center for American Progress Action Fund nearly all disputed the scientific consensus on global warming, and none supported measures to mitigate it. Ironically, the U.S. is the biggest polluter of all countries, and many have conditioned their emissions against the Americans act on climate change.

Forest industry and COP 16 conference

So what are the activities related to forest industry during COP16?
The fourth annual Forest Day will be held on 5 December 2010. As with previous Forest Days, the event will take place alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held this year in Cancún, Mexico.
‘Last year’s Forest Day was an extraordinary success,’ said Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of the FAO Forestry Department and chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF).

‘Two former heads of state, three Nobel laureates and several serving government ministers addressed the event. Nearly 1,500 policy makers, activists, foresters and journalists took part. With forests high on the global climate change agenda we are expecting similar levels of interest this year. This is a “must attend” event for everyone who cares about the world’s forests.’

An estimated 250 UN climate change negotiators attended the third Forest Day in Denmark last December. This unprecedented interest in forests resulted in three mentions of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing carbon stocks) in the final Copenhagen Accord issued at the end of the summit.

An amount of US$ 3.5 billion was pledged by wealthier nations to support the development of REDD + schemes in developing countries. This year's Forest Day is supposed to again attract the best speakers,
thinkers and innovators on forest policy and climate change. Around 900 people have already registered. Given the venue, the event will have a  strong Latin American flavor. Community ownership of forests, land rights and tenure, which are key issues for Amazonian and Central American foresters and forest-dependent peoples, will feature prominently in the day's discussions.

Forest Day 4 will serve as a bridge between the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity
and the 2011 International Year of Forests.

We are looking forward to welcoming the world to Cancún in December,’ said Juan Manuel Torres Rojo, Director-General of Mexico’s National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), which is co-hosting the event.

Mexico has had a longstanding tradition of sustainable forest management that respects the rights of communities and protects the natural environment whilst still providing commercial returns. We are keen to share our experiences and to learn from others. Now more than ever we all need to collaborate to ensure that decisions taken about REDD are informed by the best possible science and policy research.

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