We present the 42nd version of the Global Forest Coalition’s newsletter in intergovernmental forest-related policy processes: Forest Cover no.42. In the editorial you can read about REDD+ developments and other fairy tales in Doha during COP18, followed by an analysis of the COP18 main happenings written by our Latin American Indigenous Focal Point; you will also find an article on the dangerous Bieconomy’s synthetic biology proposal which depicts some of its potential social and environmental impacts which were not fully addressed during the last Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11) in Hyderabad, India. Also a representative from a local Indian grassroots NGO makes an analysis of what COP11 meant for the host country. Finally, an article depicting the importance of recognizing Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCAs) and its important outcomes during COP11. Enjoy your reading!