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Report on the second workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. Note by the secretariat.
The secretariat organized a second workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries, as requested by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its twenty-fifth session. The workshop took place in Cairns, Australia, from 7 to 9 March 2007. The discussions at this workshop focused on ongoing and potential policy approaches and positive incentives, and technical and methodological requirements related to their implementation; the assessment of results and their reliability; and improving the understanding of reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. Participants heard technical presentations and updated proposals on potential policy approaches and positive incentives. They exchanged views and discussed in detail issues related to technical and methodological requirements, the establishment of baselines, permanence, leakage, definitions, and emissions from degradation. They also discussed various financing options to support positive incentives, including market-based mechanisms and non-market financial resources. While participants reached agreement on several areas, such as the need for capacity-building and pilot activities, they also identified several issues requiring further consideration. Possible next steps were proposed to advance the work of the SBSTA and of the Conference of the Parties on this issue. The SBSTA may wish to consider the information in this report and provide guidance on further action
Item 5 of the provisional agenda
United Nations Office at Geneva | Geneva (Switzerland) | 17/04/2007