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Climate Change Convention Parties discuss approaches to slow deforestation

At the workshop, which was hosted by the Government of Italy and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) at its headquarters from 30 August to 1 September, governments presented the results of their actions to slow deforestation and the lessons they have learned.

“This meeting clarified the key challenges in this area and identified useful ways to move forward on this important issue,” said Kishan Kumarsingh, Chair of the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, who led the meeting.

The workshop was part of a two-year process on deforestation launched at the
UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal in December 2005.

Concrete proposals of approaches to reduce emissions from deforestation were presented at the meeting.  These included calls for the establishment of a financial mechanism to provide positive financial incentives for developing countries that voluntarily reduce their emissions from deforestation.  A range of potential sources of financing was identified, including market-based mechanisms.

The meeting considered the technical requirements for the required monitoring and quantification of the rates of deforestation and the resulting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Delegates also pointed out that capacity needed to be built to address the underlying causes of deforestation.

The results of the meeting will be reported to the Nairobi Climate Change Conference starting 6 November.

Workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries,
30 Aug-01 Sep 2006,
Rome, Italy
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