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New Publication on Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers

Under the lead of FAO and the National Forest Programme Facility, the UN-REDD Programme has contributed to the extensive review process of a new publication which provides a practical approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes.


The publication, entitled "Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers – An approach for integrating climate change into national forest programmes in support of sustainable forest management- version 1", is the outcome of a process initiated in 2009 with a series of national stakeholder workshops, aiming to support countries in the process of integrating climate change into their National Forest Programmes (NFP). The outcomes from the workshops were further discussed during an expert consultation in September 2010 and the draft guidelines went through external and internal review in 2011 with the inputs of many partners including the UN-REDD Programme.

Engaging in REDD+ activities has implications on forest and land management and may require revision of national forest programmes in the participating countries. Hence it is important that climate change strategies and plans including REDD+ strategies are integrated into a country’s existing forest policy framework and other sectoral frameworks that influence forests; this can help to ensure that climate change objectives are balanced with other forest sector objectives and that trade-offs are weighed and synergies captured.

The publication is a key part of FAO’s and the National Forest Programme Facility’s country support and seeks to provide a practical approach to the process of integrating climate change into national forest programmes (NFPs). The document has been developed to help forest policy makers integrate climate change into existing NFPs, or forest policy frameworks, and to encourage consistent treatment of forestry issues, including REDD+, in national climate change strategies and policies.

The intended use of the publication is concentrated across several levels:

  • Countries that already have a forest and climate change strategy or a REDD+ strategy may use the approach to identify and make needed adjustments to their national forest policy framework to facilitate strategy implementation, and ensure that REDD+ actions complement or are consistent with the objectives of NFP.
  • Countries that have not yet identified priority actions in the forest sector for climate change mitigation and adaptation may use the approach outlined in the document to develop a national forest and climate change strategy.
  • Also other uses exist, such as a control mechanism for countries to verify that existing strategies in relevant sectors are comprehensive and adequately take into consideration stakeholder interests and priorities.

The publication is available in English, Spanish, and French. More information on the initiative can be found on the FAO website.

In this issue

News

UN-REDD at COP17 and Forest Day 5

National UN-REDD Programme Updates

Addressing Corruption Risks in REDD+ in Asia-Pacific

New Stakeholder Engagement Resources on un-redd.org
Features & Commentary

Update on REDD+ in Solomon Islands
By: Aki Kono and Matieu Henry
Reports & Analysis

New Publication on Climate Change for Forest Policy-Makers

Report on Multiple Benefits of REDD+ in Ecuador now Available in Spanish

REDD+ Partnership Discusses Progress Made on REDD+ Database, Measuring and Monitoring
Looking ahead

UNFCCC COP17
28 November- 9 December, 2011: Durban, South Africa

Climate-Smart Knowledge Day
29 November, 2011: Durban, South Africa

REDD+ CEB Side event at COP17
30 November, 2011: Durban, South Africa

Forest Day 5
4 December, 2011: Durban, South Africa
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