The climate and forest meeting hosted by President Sarkozy in Paris on 11 March 2010 provided valuable input for the early establishment of a partnership.
Deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries accounts for around 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Measures to reduce these emissions (known as REDD+) are the quickest and least
expensive way of achieving large emission cuts. In the UN climate change negotiations, substantial progress has been made on setting up a REDD+ mechanism.
The focus of the interim REDD+ partnership should be on rapid implementation. Negotiations on outstanding issues should be left for the UNFCCC process. Once a UNFCCC REDD+ mechanism has been set up, it will replace or subsume the interim partnership.
The legitimacy of the process will be critical for its success.
A transparent and inclusive multilateral process is therefore being established, facilitated by meetings at the political level in Paris and Oslo, to help produce a REDD+ partnership.
The process establishing a REDD+ partnership will be as follows:
* Country-led. The countries that are ready to drive the process forward will do so together. So far, close to 20 countries have signalled an interest in playing an active role. At the Paris meeting, Norway was requested to facilitate this process.
* Transparent. The process should be open and transparent.
All key information should be made publicly available.
* Inclusive. All countries that wish to contribute to these efforts should be able to do so. The process will involve multilateral initiatives and civil society. All countries that wish to endorse the partnership and participate in its efforts are welcome to the conference in Oslo.