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Towards Paris 2015: How can the forest sector contribute?

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19 oktober 2015

There is great scope to enhance the role of EU forests and the forest sector in tackling climate change according to Professor Gert-Jan Nabuurs (Alterra-Wageningen UR), lead author of a forthcoming EFI science-policy study. Prof. Nabuurs outlined some of the study’s initial findings at a ThinkForest seminar at the International Press Centre in Brussels on 13 October. Forests could compensate for up to another 10% of EU emissions, he said, if there are good incentives. “However, no single sector can solve the whole problem, and no single sector can provide quick fixes”, he warned.

The global negotiations on climate agreement (COP21) will take place in Paris in December 2015, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. In earlier COP negotiations the importance of forests in mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration has been well acknowledged, and forest issues have played an important role in the negotiations. 

'The Road to Paris' Communication spells out Europe’s intended climate contribution: a domestic 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target of at least 40%. For the first time, this will also incorporate emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Thinkforest event adressed how forests can be taken up, and which impacts this may have .

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