| | 30 November 2015
Tuesday December 1 is Forest Action Day, the first in a series of Focus Days under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda that are being held during the UN Climate Change Conference. The Day will focus on policy approaches and actions to reduce deforestation and degradation, reducing emissions from forests and building global partnerships for deforestation-free development
Hosted by the Republic of Peru, opening speakers include the President of the Republic of Peru, Ollanta Humala Tasso, HRH Prince of Wales, and the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal.
In four sessions, senior government ministers, scientists, and representatives from civil society and the private sector will address current progress and plans for taking forward the implementation of existing commitments. In the first session, high-level representatives from Brazil will describe how the country has made significant investments in policy and actions to reduce deforestation in the Amazon and reduced deforestation in the Amazon biome by 82% while also reducing poverty. A distinguished panel from Indonesia will discuss the challenges of deforestation and degradation in Indonesia, including new initiatives in improving peat swamp sustainable management and the recurring forest fire issues. Tackling rural poverty while reducing forest emissions in Africa will be addressed by speakers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon, followed by country and NGO representatives from the Latin American region who will showcase collaborative partnerships, policies and measures to reduce forest-based emissions.
In the fifth and final session, Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General will participate in a panel discussion on how to build effective global partnerships for development without deforestation.