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As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Tianjin and Cancun draw closer, progress on REDD+ will attract tremendous interest from a range of climate change stakeholders, especially those interested in seeing a REDD+ agreement. At the UNFCCC’s meetings in Bonn in August, new disagreements emerged over aspects of the REDD+ text, creating new challenges for negotiators to make progress and forge renewed agreement on these issues.

In order to overcome these challenges, it is clear that negotiators will need to keep their eye on the big picture-- that REDD+ remains one of the most effective means of mitigating climate change. REDD+ is a mechanism that will create incentives for developing forested countries to protect, and better manage their forest resources, thus contributing to the global fight against climate change. When fully operational, payments for verified emission reductions and removals provide an incentive for REDD+ countries to pursue low carbon development. In this way, REDD+ can help limit global temperature rise while contributing to poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.

In short, REDD+ is a potentially powerful policy tool to improve how forests are managed, and provides an innovative way of bridging the gap between developed and developing countries on issues of climate change mitigation. The REDD+ community is hopeful for positive progress on REDD+ at the Tianjin negotiations, and ultimately for a COP decision on REDD+ in December. Political will to agree on the overarching issues will be key to achieving this goal.

Yemi Katerere
Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

In this issue


Indonesia’s National REDD+ Strategy

MRV Training for REDD+ Remote Sensing Tools in Tanzania

Mexico Launches its REDD+ Website

Reminder: Register for Forest Day 4
Features & Commentary

Making REDD+ Work for Biodiversity and Livelihoods By: Wahida Patwa-Shah & Julie Greenwalt (With contributions from Lera Miles)

UN-REDD and FCPF Joint Mission in Republic of Congo By: Pacifique Mukumba Isumbisho
Reports & Analysis

UN-REDD at the REDD+ Governance Workshop in Oaxaca
Looking ahead

20th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO)
4 - 8 October 2010, Rome, Italy

UNFCCC Climate Change Negotiations
4 - 9 October 2010, Tianjin, China

Interim REDD+ Partnership Workshop
2 October 2010, Tianjin, China

18 - 29 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan
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