WWF calls on delegates at global climate meeting to finish the REDD+ puzzle
Warsaw, Poland -- 11 November 2013 – Thousands of delegates and observers to the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC-COP19) will begin today to continue negotiations towards a global climate agreement. WWF is calling on negotiators to finalize the key elements of an international mechanism to reduce emissions from tropical deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and to demonstrate their political will by defining the architecture for REDD+ finance.
While REDD+ did experience some significant steps forward at the last global climate meeting in Doha in December 2012, with the drafting of text that provided substantive guidance on reference levels (RLs) and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), disagreements over the emissions reduction verification process stalled any official agreements.
“Parties really need to work cooperatively to put in place the final puzzle pieces of REDD+, by defining RL, MRV and finance elements,” said Josefina Brana-Varela, Director of Policy for WWF’s international Forest and Climate Programme. “Parties need to make clear and straightforward decisions on these key issues without overcomplicating REDD+, while still safeguarding environmental integrity.”
“The time is now for Parties to demonstrate real commitment to achieving a climate agreement and to making REDD+ a reality,” added Brana-Varela. “We need to see significant action at this global climate meeting if we are to achieve the climate goals set by the global community and if we are to have any chance of combating climate change. Forests can play an invaluable role in fighting climate change, but not without a REDD+ mechanism in place that conserves them while providing valuable benefits to the people that depend on them.”
WWF has released a series of policy brief on its expectations for REDD+ at UNFCCC-COP19, as well as a series of visual map of REDD+ within the UNFCCC system to guide negotiators and observers through the often complex process. These and other valuable REDD+ related tools and information can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/WWF-UNFCCC.
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