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Forest Day 4

by portaladmin last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:31 AM
Contributors: CIFOR
Forest Day 4 will take place on 5 December 2010 alongside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties in Cancún, Mexico at the Cancún Center. Forest Day 4 is hosted by the Government of Mexico, through the National Forestry Commission, the Collaborative Partnership on Forestsand CIFOR. Please join us.
When Dec 05, 2010
from 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Cancun Center Boulevard Kukulcan KM. 9 1er Piso Zona Hotelera 77500 Cancún Quintana Roo, México
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Each year more than 13 million hectares (32 million acres) of forests are lost, an area roughly the size of England. As go the forests so goes the plant and animal species they embrace – 80% of all terrestrial biodiversity. Most importantly, forests play a crucial role in climate change: deforestation causes 12-18 percent of the world's carbon emissions – almost equal to all the CO2 from the global transport sector. Equally crucial, healthy forests are one of the world's primary 'carbon sinks.'

It is not too late to reverse this destructive trend if we act now. Forests still cover more than 30% of all the world's land and contain more than 60,000 tree species, many still undiscovered. The forests support the livelihoods of 1.6 billion of the world's poorest people by providing food, fiber, water and medicines, as well as regulating environments. Those supported include indigenous peoples with unique and precious cultures.

It will be extremely difficult to develop an adequate response to climate change that does not include slowing deforestation. With increasing appreciation of the link between forests and climate change adaptation and mitigation, there is growing hope that this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference may lead to new sources of funding and political will to sustain and enhance the forests that remain.

Forest Day is one of the world's leading global platforms for anyone with an interest in forests and climate change to come together with others and exchange their views. Last year, nearly 1,500 people attended Forest Day 3 in Copenhagen, including world leaders, three Nobel Prize winners, top scientists, donors, global and regional media, policymakers, leaders of indigenous communities, and notably 250 climate negotiators. This year, we anticipate up to 2,000 participants.

Previous Forest Days focused on placing the role of forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change at the forefront of climate negotiations. The theme for Forest Day 4 is "Time to Act," highlighting the urgency of ensuring the survival of the world's forests, the biodiversity they embrace and the hundreds of millions of people who depend on them. The event will serve as a bridge between the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and the 2011 International Year of Forests.


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