Experts write to new PM ahead of climate talks
As preparations get underway for the start of the most anticipated and important climate meetings taking place in Bali next week, Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has received a letter signed by 27 UNEP Global 500 Laureates calling on Australia to work to ensure that a strong collaborative mandate is achieved at the upcoming UNFCCC climate meetings in Bali.
Signed by some of the worlds most prominent conservation ecologists and climate change experts, including Yolanda Kakabadse, the President of the World Conservation Union, the Nobel Prize winner for Physics, Murray Gell-Man, Professor Norman Myers from Oxford University and Dr Thomas Lovejoy, President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Environment, the Laureates recognise the momentum that has been building towards next months climate meetings and support the growing calls from developing nations for ‘avoided deforestation’ to be included in any post-2012 agreement.
‘There is clear consensus building internationally for strong outcomes from the UN climate meetings in Bali” said Michael Kennedy, HSIs Director. ‘The UNEP Global 500 Laureates add further weight to those calls and strongly support efforts to help developing nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions from avoided deforestation and degradation of other vital natural carbon rich places’.
The UNEP Laureates call on Australia and new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to continue to support, encourage and invest in critical partnerships such as the Kalimantan Partnership between Australia and Indonesia, signed during the September APEC meetings in Sydney, recognising such partnerships as an effective means of securing critical protection of forests and peatlands whilst also assisting developing countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
‘Working via the formal UN negotiating processes to achieve an effective roadmap for a post-Kyoto agreement is very important and strongly supported by all’ Mr Kennedy said, ‘However, bilateral partnerships undertaken in the interim years while formal negotiations are taking place are vital components in the plan if the world is to safeguard some of the world’s largest stores of carbon, and protect some of the most endangered tropical species and habitats in the process’.
Copies of the letter are available by contacting the HSI office.