Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)

The land use sector, including forestry and agriculture, is an important source of anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas emissions. Land use change - mainly deforestation - contributed to about 20% of total emissions between 1989 and 1998. The sector has great potential for mitigating climate change, and is a key sector for most developing countries. Under the Bali Road Map negotiations, one key topic of interest is Reducing Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries (REDD).

Below is the list of key recent publications:

REDD-plus briefing paper: FIELD has published a briefing paper to assist developing country negotiators who are working on REDD-plus. The briefing paper focuses on the UNFCCC negotiations taking place from 2-6 August 2010 in Bonn, Germany. The paper is currently available in English and Spanish. FIELD provides this information on a neutral non partisan basis. Available in English and Spanish. To follow soon: French

Getting Ready: A Review of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Readiness Preparation Proposals part of a series of regular updates on the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) readiness process. It reviews documentation detailing national REDD initiatives emerging from the FCPF in order to assess how these efforts are dealing with fundamental issues of forest governance that underpin deforestation and forest degradation problems in REDD countries. Without addressing these issues it will be difficult, if not impossible, to reduce deforestation and degradation at the national level and deal with risks of leakage. Available in English

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has launched a Synthesis Report on the biodiversity/resilience/stability relationship in forest ecosystems. The report, produced at the request of the ninth Conference of the Parties to the CBD, strongly supports the conclusion that the capacity of forests to resist change, or recover following disturbance, is dependent on biodiversity at multiple scales. Available in English.

UN-REDD Programme monthly Newsletter: In the months leading to Copenhagen and beyond, this newsletter is designed to be a resource containing some of the most relevant news, updates, research findings, opinion pieces and progress on the fast- moving issue of REDD and the activities of the UN-REDD Programme. Available in English.

State of the World's Forests: 2009 (FAO, 2009). A biennial publication that provides a global view of major developments affecting forests. The theme for the 2009 edition is "Society, forests and forestry: adapting for the future". Available in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) with an Emphasis on Developing Country Perspectives (UNDP, 2008). A background briefing document on the history and context of the international climate talks on LULUCF. Available in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.