The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change has made forest preservation, forest management, and reforestation a priority at the Accra climate change talks later this month. According to the UNFCCC web site:
Under the process of the Bali Action Plan, discussions in 2008 and 2009 will focus on policy approaches and positive incentives to reduce 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.
The Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action will hold an in-session workshop on these issues during the Accra Climate Change Talks in August. The workshop presents an opportunity for governments to exchange views on how to address deforestation and forest degradation-related issues under an agreed outcome on enhanced climate change action in Copenhagen in 2009. The elements of the workshop are listed in the annex to the scenario note by the Chair.
Discussions in Accra should also help participants gain a clearer understanding of the challenges involved in tackling deforestation and forest degradation. These include addressing the drivers of both deforestation and forest degradation under different national circumstances, as well as building the capacities of developing countries to effectively implement actions to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
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