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Forest Day 5

More than 1,100 people, including 216 official climate change negotiators, attended Forest Day 5 on the sidelines of the 17th UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Durban on December 4, 2011.

Forest Day is convened by the Center for International Forestry Research on behalf of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. The year's event was hosted jointly with the Government of South Africa, through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries.

Read the press release:
Experts: New wave of deforestation threatens Africa's climate resilience

Read a report by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
From Policy to Practice: Summary of Forest Day 5

Forest Day 5 videos

 CIFOR's blog from Durban
  • Durban talks both good and bad for REDD+, says expert
    The U.N. climate change talks in Durban resulted in a mixed bag for REDD+: progress on how to set reference emissions levels, progress on defining how to measure emission reductions stemming from forestry initiatives, but a weak decision on social and environmental safeguards for the program, and no advances on sources of long-term funding, according to CIFOR's leading climate scientist.
  • REDD+ biggest success in climate change talks, Norway says
    Norway's environment and international development minister said that REDD+ is the biggest success story so far in global climate change negotiations but he called for countries to be "more daring" in their efforts to cut emissions and slow global warming.

  • World Bank: More donors supporting REDD+
    Financial support for REDD+ projects to safeguard forests in developing countries is increasing with new countries pledging to get involved and existing donors stepping up their commitments, a World Bank official said.

Wangari Maathai Tribute Film for Forest Day 5 Watch video »

 Photos from Forest Day