On the 17th of June 2016, the United Nations will be celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification. This year’s theme is “Protect earth. Restore land: Engage people” (see figure 1). This day is the opportunity to showcase the action of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), too often hidden behind its shiny twin sister, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Technology development and transfer has been recognised as an important element for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions through an article -article 7- of the current draft of the Paris agreement. Here we try to see how this article can be translated in concrete measures, through the example of forests. Being an observer at COP 21 allowed me to identify how for instance, forest remote sensing technology is related to the negotiations. Forests management is included in the UNFCCC work through the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) mechanism. REDD+ is “a mechanism aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries”, as defined in the article 1 of the draft of the agreement.