Focus on forests' importance to climate – University of Copenhagen

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09 December 2009

Focus on forests' importance to climate

Photo credit: Malene Thyssen

Forest & Landscape will be there when the international Forest Day 3 conference takes a close look at the importance of forests to the global climate.

On Sunday 13 December, to coincide with COP15, Forest Day 3 will take place at the Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Centre in Copenhagen. On the agenda is the importance of the forests to the global climate, including the possibilities and challenges which could follow from a new global climate agreement in Copenhagen.

Deforestation causes CO2 emissions 

It is estimated that 17-20 per cent of the world's total emissions of greenhouse gases are caused by deforestation and the destruction of the tropical forests. That equates to more CO2 than is emitted by all the transport in the world. At the same time, the forests are home to some of the richest and most valuable biodiversities on land, and millions of the world's poorest people are today deeply dependent on the forests.
All this and much more is on the agenda for Forest Day 3, the aim being to alert politicians to the most recent scientific findings and provide a general overview of the central issues pertaining to forests and climate change.

Forest Day 3

Forest Day 3 is organised by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a number of international organisations in collaboration with the Danish government.

The expert Søren Moestrup from Forest & Landscape at LIFE - The Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, has been involved in planning Forest Day 3, and the 1,500 or so participants from all over the world can start looking forward to an impressive and comprehensive programme:
"We can promise everybody a fascinating day where ministers, Nobel Prize laureates, leading scientists, international opinion-makers and local people living in or near the forests will discuss and consider how to save the world's forests from destruction - for the benefit of all the peoples of the world," says Søren Moestrup.

At the conference, Professor Niels Elers Koch, Director General of Forest & Landscape, will act as moderator at the learning event on ‘Boreal and Temperate Forests: What will happen? And what actions should be taken?'
As part of this theme, Professor Erik Dahl Kjær from Forest & Landscape will also be giving a presentation entitled ‘Adaptive potentials: Examples of increased vulnerability and how to support forests' potential for coping with it.'

Professor Jørgen Bo Larsen will represent Forest & Landscape as a panellist at another learning event under the theme ‘Landscape approaches to mitigation and adaptation'.

Publications and film from Forest & Landscape 

Moreover, Forest & Landscape will be manning a large stand at the conference where participants can take their pick from all relevant publications produced by Forest & Landscape. The stand will also premiere a film from Forest & Landscape which takes a critical look at the interrelatedness of climate change, CO2 and the world's rainforests.
The film has been made by Ida Theilade and Lars Schmidt from Forest & Landscape in collaboration with Conservation International and the Blue Moon Foundation. It is produced by Asian Images.