Social Forestry Sustains Local Actions to Advance the Paris Agreement

A session by Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Date : Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Time : 14.40 – 16.00 GMT
Venue : Indonesia Pavilion at COP22, Marrakech, Morocco


As the Paris Agreement enters  into force on 4 November 2016, parties to the Agreement are now bound to implement  their respective nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to address climate change, which includes actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future that will keep a global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius with the global aim of working it to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

At the country level,  countries  will  turn these contributions into public policies and investment plans  to support  mitigation and adaptation within existing development and climate change plans.  The growing body of evidence and demonstrated results suggest that making social forestry integral in  this NDC implementation can enhance its relevance and effectiveness and ultimately benefit forest -dependent communities.

Local communities have long managed forests in social forestry systems where working models of inclusive land use planning, sustainable and diversified livelihoods, equitable benefit sharing and customary/local governance bring real and long term benefits for conservation and reducing emissions.  These local actions, if recognized, included, aligned or linked in the NDCs along with  appropriate safeguards  will advance the temperature and resiliency targets  aimed under the Paris Agreement.

This sessions aims to share experiences and suggestions, including from regional events, how local policies, practices and actions using social forestry as an approach   will contribute to Paris Agreement.  In fact the Paris Agreement itself welcomes this kind of discussion and    “Recognizes the need to strengthen knowledge, technologies, practices and efforts of local communities and indigenous peoples related to addressing and responding to climate change” and will establish a platform for the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation in a holistic and integrated manner.

The speakers are  representatives  from governments ( Ministry  of  Environment and Forestry, Indonesia,  FRI, Myanmar) research institution (CIFOR), ASEAN regional cooperation (AWG-Social  Forestry ) and CSOs  (WARSI, Indonesia) and moderated by NTFP-EP Asia. Speakers will present evidence of  how social forestry models have contributed to reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation as well as to improving resilience and providing livelihood co-benefits. They will also discuss on what would be important policy incentives to bolster effectiveness in social forestry implementation towards achieving equitable climate and co-benefit outcomes.  The government of Indonesia will make a clear case on policy development which supports economic development of  social forestry community partners. Other ASEAN partners will also provide information on their country ambitions, initiatives and plans in accelerating  social forestry  to contribute to the Paris Agreement. To end, speakers and participants will discuss  social forestry  ongoing contribution to sustain local climate mitigation and adaptation actions and how these should be a central part of  ASEAN NDCs.




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