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Bridging the Gap

Forest Dialogues

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The 'Forest Dialogues' is a consensus-building process to raise the ambition of forest countries to deliver high-quality and high-integrity emissions reductions, and of donor countries and corporates to increase forest financing.

 

Join the Dialogues

Our ability to achieve a gigaton of emissions reductions from forests depends on forging a consensus on critical issues like forest carbon pricing, public financing levels, private sector engagement, emissions quality, and delivery methods.

In 2023-2024, the United Nations Environment Programme is convening discussions during regional climate weeks and forest summits to harmonize diverse perspectives on these key topics. Your perspectives are crucial in shaping a roadmap outlining measurable commitments for emissions reductions/enhanced removals (ERRs) by 2025, and ultimately the future of our forests. 

 

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Timeline of Events

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WHERE WE ARE

 

We are off-track, but the race is not over.

 

 

Despite the growing momentum, commitments for forests, we are nowhere near what is needed to reach Paris Agreement ambition​

Deforestation rates continue to persist. The existing model for financing forests is simply not working. There is a low level of ambition from key actors, slow implementation and a complex system with high transaction costs, coupled with a lack of incentives, and insufficient volume of funds needed to complement domestic funding to achieve forest solutions.

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WHERE WE ARE GOING

 

A future where forests and people co-exist, exists.

 

If we want to have a chance to limit global temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees, we need to unlock high-quality ER from forests. In fact, forests have potential to provide more than 4 GT per year of ER by 2030.​​

Achieving finance for 1 GT of high-integrity ER by 2025, and 1 GT per year thereafter is essential to unlock the potential of forests to curb the temperature increase.​

By doing so, we can reap multiple benefits for communities, economies and for biodiversity.

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HOW WE CAN GET THERE

 

To get there, we need to protect and fund our forests.

 

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Incentives

through increased forest carbon floor price and sufficient volume of payments

Investment

in REDD+ readiness and implementation in a bigger scale.

Integrity

to ensure real and robust emissions reduction​

Inclusion

including access to sufficient funding for Indigenous peoples and local communities

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Looking Ahead

 

Forest dialogues outcome

 

Our dialogues will address negative sentiments, skepticism and misunderstandings surrounding forest carbon markets by emphasizing the merits of well-designed forest carbon credits, and steering the dialogue toward actionable solutions.  By COP-30 (the “Forest COP), we aim to change this prevailing  narrative in the public media and unleash private-sector purchases of forest carbon credits. By doing so, we will make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change and the protection of natural ecosystems.

 

Take part in the dialogues

 

Contact our team at UNEP-ecosystems-redd@un.org