Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+
The UNFCCC adopted an agreement on "policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries” (REDD+) at the 16th Conference of the Parties in December 2010 in Cancún, Mexico. A strong scientific basis was needed for implementing REDD+ to inform the best possible management and policy approaches. However, no comprehensive scientific assessment had yet been carried out about the linkages between biodiversity and potential REDD+ activities in the context of sustainable forest management practices.
To that end, GFEP established the Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+ in December 2011. The goal of the expert panel was to provide a comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge regarding the relationship between biodiversity, forest management, and REDD+. The assessment report aimed to provide policy makers, investors and donors with a stronger scientific basis for their decisions about REDD+ policies and projects. The Terms of Reference for the Panel were endorsed by the CPF in December 2011.
The Panel finalized its work in autumn 2012 and the global assessment report on "Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives" was launched at Forest Day 6 in Doha, Qatar, on 2 December 2012.
Forest Day 6, afternoon session on 2 December, 1:30-2:30 pm:Presentation by John Parrotta
REDD+, biodiversity and people: Opportunities and risks
- Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Hyderabad, India; 8-19 October 2012.
Presentation by Bhaskar Vira - Presentation by Christoph Wildburger - Presentation by Valerie Kapos
News coverage: Rio Conventions Pavilion Bulletin - 17 October 2012 - CIFOR Blog - Rio Pavilion TV: Interview with Valerie Kapos and Bhaskar Vira
- Second Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+
Belém, Brazil; 27-29 August 2012. Minutes
- First Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Biodiversity, Forest Management and REDD+
Rome, Italy; 2-3 February 2012. Minutes