Forests and climate change after Warsaw

April 2014


The 19th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Warsaw, Poland, 11–22 November 2013. The outcomes of COP 19 are expected to have a significant impact on developments in the field of forests and climate change over the coming year. In view of this, forest sector stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region require succinct and accurate information on the implications of COP 19 discussions and their significance to forest policy decisions and practice.

In February 2014, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) brought together 11 climate change and forestry experts in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The panel of experts discussed the key outcomes of COP 19 negotiations in Warsaw and identified the potential implications for forestry and climate change sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to our sincere appreciation of the contributions of all panellists, special thanks to Ms. Tiamkare Thitithamtada for organizing logistics for the consultation and to Ben Vickers and Shyam Paudel, as the primary facilitators and compilers of this book, with contributions from Patrick Durst, Wirya Khim, Caroline Liou and Ann Jyothis Raj.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of RECOFTC and FAO and are to be considered as the perspectives of the experts speaking in their personal capacity.