(November 19, 2013 ) - Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) could be one of the few successes of this year’s global climate change meeting taking place in Warsaw, Poland – or not. The fate of REDD+ now rests with the ability of Parties to agree on the issue of REDD+ finance.
Negotiators should be applauded for their spirit of collaboration that has allowed for this major breakthrough on the technical guidelines for REDD+ within the UNFCCC -- methodological issues of reference levels (RLs) and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). This good work is now threatened if no agreement on REDD+ finance is achieved.
This same spirit of collaboration should now continue through these final days in Warsaw – a decision on the financing of REDD+ is within reach. With a clear decision on finance countries will be able to move beyond bureaucracy and scale-up actions on the ground.
It’s clear that this annual summit of environmental leaders and ministers in Warsaw cannot be business as usual – or another global summit with words and no action. While no major breakthroughs were expected at this year’s COP, COP19 in Warsaw is poised to shatter that perception and become the COP that got REDD+ completed.
More than one billion people worldwide depend on forests for their livelihoods, and most of them are among the poorest people on earth. Primary forests, particularly tropical primary forests, are also home to half or more of the planet’s terrestrial biodiversity. REDD+ has the potential to improve lives, protect forests and biodiversity, and mitigate climate change, but this significant potential can only be realized if negotiators recommit to avoid letting narrow interests overcome the greater good.
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