Climate change negotiators, decision-makers in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam to meet for pre-COP 21 national dialogues

National dialogues aim to ensure equity and landuse sectors are included in Paris agreement targets

Bangkok, Thailand – RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests is bringing together a range of climate change and forestry decision-makers for national dialogues in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam in preparation for this year’s landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21).

These pre-COP 21 events will take place on September 2-3 in Siem Reap, Cambodia; September 9-10 in Vientiane, Lao PDR; and September 17-18 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Participants will include representatives from national REDD+ task forces and working groups, climate change negotiators involved in setting national emission targets or INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), and officials from a range of related agencies including environment, land-use planning, and finance, along with provincial-level ‘champions’ of equity in forestry.

The national dialogues are a response to the internationally recognized need for more meaningful and regular engagement between climate change stakeholders, as outlined in 2014’s Lima Call for Action, as well as a direct response to calls from countries in the region for additional capacity building related to the international climate change negotiation process. The COP 21 preparatory events take a targeted approach to raising the awareness and building the capacity of key forestry and climate change decision makers at national and sub-national levels.

A primary goal of the events is to create a space for dialogue between negotiator teams developing INDCs and other sectors and line agencies with a view to strengthening the incorporation of the landuse (and specifically forestry) sector within the INDCs to be submitted this October. In addition, the events are expected to identify key national challenges and opportunities for ensuring equity in the implementation of national Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) activities, a priority following the finalization of the international REDD+ framework in June.

Co-organized with government partners in collaboration with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the United States Agency for International Development’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program (USAID LEAF); an Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group of the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership event series.