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CoP17 side event: forest day 5

Forest Day, now moving into its fifth year, has become one of the most intensive and influential annual global events on forests. At its heart, it is a platform for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to meet once a year to ensure that forests remain high on the agenda of global and national climate strategies, and that those strategies are informed by the most up-to-date knowledge and experience. Forest Day presents an opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds and regions to network, share their experiences and debate the pressing issues facing forests around the world.

Forest Day 5, to be held in Durban, South Africa on 4 December 2011, will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular African focus, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent’s wide expanses of dry forest areas. The need for greater awareness of the latest research on Africa’s forests is underscored by predictions that the continent will be hit hard by climate change. People in Africa are highly dependent on forests and there is a significant risk that the adaptive capacity of many forest ecosystems will be exceeded.

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