Forest Day 2 at UNFCCC COP 14:
Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate Change

The second Forest Day event was held at the University of Adam
Mickiewicz, in Poznań, Poland, on Saturday, 6 December 2008. It took
place in parallel with the fourteenth session of the Conference of the
Parties (COP 14) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) and the fourth Conference of the Parties serving as the
Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 4), held in
Poland from 1-12 December 2008. It was convened in order to facilitate
discussions on the potential to incorporate forests into climate change
mitigation and adaptation strategies at both the global and national

Forest Day 2 was co-hosted by the Centre for International
Forest Research (CIFOR), the Government of Poland and the Collaborative
Partnership on Forests (CPF). Following on the positive response to the
first Forest Day held on 8 December 2007 in Bali, Indonesia during
UNFCCC COP 13, Forest Day 2 brought together nearly 900 participants
from a diverse range of forest stakeholders, academics and decision
makers from around the world, to discuss key issues that link forests
with climate change. Cross-cutting themes that were considered
included: adaptation of forests to climate change; addressing forest
degradation through sustainable forest management; capacity building
for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
(REDD); and options for integrating REDD into the global climate
regime. In addition, participants took part in nearly 40 related side

A drafting committee representing members of the CPF produced
a summary of key messages that emerged in the course of the day, to be
forwarded to the UNFCCC Secretariat:

On Sunday, many participants participated in a field trip organized by
the Polish State Forests National Forest Holding to observe a local
sustainable forest management project.