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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
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:
REDD+, biodiversity and people: Opportunities and risks