Key Meetings in Durban this Week

Important meetings to boost finance for forest protection are taking place in Durban, South Africa this week, helping to build momentum for effective climate action at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

At the World Forestry Congress in Durban (7-11 September) participants are discussing ways to unleash the full potential of forests to lift rural populations out of poverty, act as buffers against climate change and inspire new technologies and renewable products.

Around 20 ministers and deputy ministers from around the world are joining heads of international and national agencies and several thousand delegates gathering at the Congress, which takes place every six years.

To coincide with the World Forestry Congress, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) is holding its third annual forum 8 to 9 September, focusing on issues related to finance for forests, both in the context of curbing greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change.

The SCF was mandated by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate finance in order to promote linkages and coherence.