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The Conference of the Parties (COP), at its eleventh session, requested the secretariat to organize, subject to the availability of supplementary funding, a workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries before the twenty-fifth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (November 2006).
The SBSTA, at its twenty-fourth session, decided that the workshop should provide an opportunity for Parties to share experiences and consider relevant aspects relating to reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries. Specific topics to be discussed in the workshop will include:
Scientific, socio-economic, technical, and methodological issues, including the role of forests, in particular tropical forests, in the global carbon cycle; definitional issues, including those relating to links between deforestation and degradation; data availability and quality; scale; rates and drivers of deforestation; estimation of changes in carbon stocks and forest cover; and related uncertainties;
Policy approaches and positive incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries, including causes; short- and long-term effectiveness with respect to emission reductions; the displacement of emissions; bilateral and multilateral cooperation; activities of other relevant international bodies; enhancing sustainable forest management; capacity-building; and financial mechanisms and other alternatives – basing discussions on experiences and lessons learned;
Identification of possible links between relevant scientific, socio-economic, technical and methodological issues and policy approaches and positive incentives that may arise from the consideration of the topics in subparagraphs (1) and (2) above.
List of participants