This seminar held in May 2016 brought key scientists together with environmental, development and human rights NGOs to understand the Paris Agreement’s implications for forests and land use. A final report of the meeting gives an overview of discussions and presentations given.
Brendan Mackey, Griffith University, Australia: What role do forests play in the forest carbon cycle?
Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Environment Institute: IPCC scenarios and negative emissions assumptions
Tim Searchinger, Princeton University: IPCC scenarios and bioenergy assumptions
Kate Dooley, University of Melbourne: Potential impacts (ecological, biophysical, social) from scaled up negative emissions and bioenergy
Almuth Ernsting, Biofuelwatch: Could BECCS remove CO2 from the atmosphere?
Kevin Andersen, Tyndall Centre: What does a 1.5°C scenario without negative emissions look like?
After presentations and discussions, participants agreed on the following priorities:
- Urgent need to reduce emissions
- Urgent need to increase carbon sequestration in land and forests
- Forests and land do not offset fossil fuel emissions
- Redefine ‘negative emissions’