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Forestry

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the definition of (a) forestry investment and (b) sustainable forestry management was as contained in the declaration on international climate negotiations at the UK-French summit in Evian on 6 July 2009. (289011)

[holding answer 21 July 2009]: There are no internationally agreed definitions of the terms forestry investment and sustainable forest management. The UK's understanding of the meaning of forestry investment in the UK-French declaration on international climate negotiations is the use of resources to support forest activities which help to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation or conserve, maintain or enhance forest carbon stocks, and which generate a return. The returns could provide important stimuli for low carbon development in developing countries, such as local employment opportunities. In this context, sustainable forest management means forest activities which support the long-term maintenance of forest carbon stocks.