Climate and Forest Conference in Oslo

The Oslo Climate and Forest Conference 2010 will take place at Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo, Norway on Thursday May 27th. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (photo) will host the event.

The purpose of the conference is to establish an interim partnership arrangement for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This partnership would aim to ensure rapid implementation of a global coordinated effort to preserve the world’s tropical forests, in line with UNFCCC decisions.

The climate and forest meeting hosted by President Sarkozy in Paris on 11 March 2010 provided valuable input for the early establishment of a partnership.

Deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries accounts for around 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Measures to reduce these emissions (known as REDD+) are the quickest and least expensive way of achieving large emission cuts. In the UN climate change negotiations, substantial progress has been made on setting up a REDD+ mechanism.

The focus of the interim REDD+ partnership should be on rapid implementation. Negotiations on outstanding issues should be left for the UNFCCC process. Once a UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism has been set up, it will replace or subsume the interim partnership.

The legitimacy of the process will be critical for its success, the conference Home Page states.

A transparent and inclusive multilateral process is therefore being established, facilitated by meetings at the political level in Paris and Oslo, to help produce a REDD+ partnership.

(Press release)

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