HISTORIC UN AGREEMENT FINALISED ON REDUCING EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION & FOREST DEGRADATION – NOW IT’S TIME TO ACT
History was made at UN Climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany overnight with the finalisation of a mechanism to protect tropical forests to combat climate change almost 10 years to the day since it was first proposed by Papua New Guinea on behalf of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
Humane Society International (HSI) has been involved with the development of this important initiative, known as REDD+, since it was included in the Bali Action Plan in 2007. HSI Climate and biodiversity adviser Peg Putt witnessed the culmination of this effort.
“It’s taken a long time and much effort to reach this important point - the green light for international action to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, with final agreement on a package to do so,” Ms Putt said. “Finance for REDD+ implementation is the next frontier.”
“Countries can now turn their attention to inclusion of forests in negotiation of the new climate agreement to be finalised in Paris this December, to facilitate the protection of primary forests and natural restoration of degraded forests around the planet as a vital contribution to combatting climate change.”
“Deforestation and forest degradation by logging, contribute more than 20% of global carbon emissions. We can and should act on forests now to buy much needed time for a global transformation to a low carbon economy, saving their vital biodiversity at the same time,” Ms Putt concluded.