UN Climate Change Conference

30 November – 11 December, Paris, France

30 November – 11 December, Paris, France

Expectations are running high for the UNFCCC COP21 and the potential global climate agreement. In several side events alongside the negotiations, CIFOR scientists will share their insights and experiences, to support policy makers and practitioners preparing to take concrete actions for achieving climate and development goals.

CIFOR’s official side event, “Forests, landscapes, climate & sustainable development: The evidence we need for the future we want”, will take place on 3 December.

See below for including dates, times and topics of CIFOR side events in Paris.


Monday, 30 November 2015

8:30 - 17:00

Institut de recherche pour le développement

4p1000 Meeting

The “4 per 1000 Initiative: Soils for food security and climate” consists of a voluntary action plan under the Lima Paris Agenda for Action (LPAA), backed up by a strong and ambitious research program. The ‘4 per thousand’ Day before COP21 focuses on the research program. The target is to merge into a common view between all research actors for the official launch of the program at COP 21 on December 1st.

Research to Support Assessing Emissions from Tropical Peatlands

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


EU Pavilion

REDD+ Safeguards, Ecosystems and People

Linking adaptation and mitigation to achieve climate compatible development in drylands

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

10:00 - 11:30

IUCN Pavilion, Blue Zone

14:00 - 15:30

Rio Pavilion

11:15 - 12:15

US Pavilion

Beyond Forests: Mitigation Action in Diverse Landscapes

This session will explore innovative programs put in place by a diverse set of developing countries to address climate change in a variety of ecosystems beyond forests. In ecosystems ranging from coastal mangroves to silvopastoral systems, governments and their partners have identified options to secure mitigation outcomes in ecosystems while generating additional benefits in terms of improved resilience, biodiversity habitat, livelihood options, and rural development. Join us in exploring how actions in different landscapes can lead to mitigation outcomes and enhance a range of co-benefits as well.

Responding to 2oC Climate through Mitigation Actions in the Coastal Landscape

17:00 - 18:30

Indonesian Pavilion

Realizing the Climate Mitigation Potential of Coastal Wetlands

The government of Indonesia in collaboration with CIFOR and Conservation International host this session which will provide an overview of progress towards integrating conservation and restoration of coastal wetlands into climate change mitigation approaches. Indonesia is the country with the largest areal expanses of carbon-rich coastal ecosystems – particularly mangroves and seagrasses – which store roughly one-third of the world’s coastal carbon. Simultaneously, these coastal ecosystems are highly threatened – in Indonesia 1-2% of the country’s mangroves are degraded or lost every year resulting in nationally significant GHG emissions.

Conserving Indonesian mangroves: one of the most effective mitigation actions

Thursday, 3 December 2015

15:00 - 16:30

Observer Room 01

CIFOR official side event

Forests, landscapes, climate & sustainable development – The evidence we need for the future we want

As countries set out to achieve their INDC and SDG targets, they face many challenges. Their programs must simultaneously promote economic growth, cut emissions, and enhance the resilience and adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable. Practices and policy must not only reduce risks but also allow stakeholders to take advantage of any opportunities that come with a changing climate. And all of this must take place in rapidly changing natural and social landscapes, and in a context of uncertainty and risk.

Overcoming these challenges will require innovation and new knowledge, in order to develop integrative approaches that bring together climate mitigation and adaptation, livelihood improvement, and development in multi-functional landscapes. Climate policy should be informed by robust knowledge on how forests can contribute to long-term mitigation, adaptation and development in ways that safeguard this multi-functionality. Innovation, knowledge, and adaptive and flexible approaches to development are key.

Join this side event to explore how information and innovation can support better policy making, better program implementation, and better business practices.

Welcoming Remarks
Opening Remarks
The future of forests in the low-emissions development agenda
Beyond climate change dichotomies: Toward integrative and landscape approaches to achieve climate compatible development in African drylands
2020 perspectives on the role of forests in land-based mitigation
The role of the land sector in post-2020 carbon budgets: Opportunities and constraints for responsible mitigation action

15:30 - 17:00

Mercure Paris La Villette Hotel
Friday, 4 December 2015

10:15 - 11:30

Sustainable Landscapes Seminar Room - IRJS2

Designing Legal and Financial Frameworks for Sustainable Landscapes

How can land governance innovation foster low-carbon investment in sustainable landscapes? How to promote more integrated natural resources governance? What climate finance rules can foster more sustainable livelihoods in forests and facilitate access to viable alternative markets for the most poor?


16:00 - 17:30

Climate Justice Lecture Theatre

Evening Plenary:

Advancing International Law and Governance for Climate Change and Sustainable Development

How to promote international law on sustainable development in a carbon-constrained world? What are the key principles, and how can diverse treaty regimes contribute? What are the priorities for international and domestic climate law and governance research, education, reform and practice, after Paris?

Enabling Sustainable Landscapes Governance

18:30 - 20:00

Brussels Room
Monday, 7 December 2015

13:00 - 15:00

Korea Pavilion

Advancing forestry cooperation to tackle climate change in Northeast Asia

Forest-based adaptation and mitigation: lessons learnt from REDD+ projects and beyond

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

17:00 - 18:15

EU Pavillon

Strengths and challenges of Central African forests in the fight against climate change

This high level side event will bring together the ministers of COMIFAC member countries and other countries parties, CBFP member countries and representatives of international organizations. It aims to showcase the countries’ efforts in the field of conservation, sustainable management and their contribution to the fight against climate change.

The issue of Sustainable Management of Congo Basin Forests and the fight against Climate Change

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

9:30 - 11:00

Rio Conventions Pavilion

Filling in the Blanks: Building the Evidence-base on Gender and Environmental Sustainability

Efforts are underway on a number of fronts to map out a more comprehensive picture of gender considerations and implications for environmental sustainability. This session will present the assessment underway by the UNEP in the production of the first Global Gender and Environment Outlook, and discuss the datasets being developed by IUCN through Phase 2 of their Environment and Gender Index. Researchers from CIFOR will highlight their work related to climate adaptation and mitigation, through the presentation of findings from a global comparative study on REDD+ and adaptation work in Africa.

Findings from a global comparative study on REDD+

13:00 - 15:00

Korea Pavilion

Capacity Network for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in Mid-Latitude Ecotone

This event aims to share ideas for climate change and spatial resilience across the Mid-Latitudes. It will contribute to build framework for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development.

Panel Discussion

14:00 - 15:30

Rio Conventions Pavilion

Addressing Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction through a Gender Lens: Perspectives from the Field

This session aims to identify gender-responsive actions to foster climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction and opportunities for scale-up, in the context of the SDGs.

Climate adaptation in Mali