Interlinking the IAF and the Paris Agreement

The Policy Brief “Paris Agreement and the IAF beyond 2015; Opportunities for greater coherence” highlights several areas that potentially lay the foundation for increased coherence between the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 and the climate change process, in particular, the Paris Agreement. The brief has been prepared by the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat.

Policy Brief

A total of 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal, the so called Paris Agreement, during the UNFCCC climate conference (COP21) in December 2015. The Agreement identifies the pivotal role of forests in addressing climate change. Forests are also at the heart of the renewed International Arrangement on Forests, whose mandates were adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in May 2015.

This Policy Brief provides a short analysis of interlinkages between the IAF and the Paris Agreement. It discusses potential actions that could eventually advance sustainable forest management, while addressing climate change.