2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

At the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties in Bonn, the Indonesian Government announced that they will be hosting the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit on 23-25 April 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The 2018 Summit will bring together leaders in government, the private sector, research and civil society to discuss and promote action in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Further information on the Summit, including the agenda, session themes and registration can be found here. 

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership

The Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership promotes action and provides a platform to progress activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Partnership works with governments, the private sector, and civil society to support the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and REDD+ in the region.

The Paris Agreement highlights the importance of forests in combating climate change, with many countries making commitments under the agreement to decrease deforestation and forest degradation. Alongside the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement reinforces the value of regional multi-sectoral partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Partnership provides a platform for collaboration and focuses on helping countries meet and achieve their Paris Agreement commitments.

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summits have been successfully held in Brunei Darussalam in August 2016 and Sydney in 2014. Summits such as these cement commitments made by countries and leverage private sector efforts on climate change and forests.

The Private Sector Roundtable works alongside the Partnership to provide private sector insight into public policy and to progress opportunities for private sector investment in the sustainable management of forests.

“We believe that by enhancing forest conservation in our region we will tackle climate change on the one hand and ensure sustainable development and poverty eradication on the other hand.”  – HE Constãncio da Conceição Pinto, Minister for Commerce, Industry and Environment, Timor Leste

Asia-Pacific rainforest
Red-shanked Douc in Viet Nam by Quyet Le

“We need to develop cost effective, credible methods for measuring and managing forest carbon”   – The Hon Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy,  Australia