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WWF reacts to Russia's climate plan

Posted on 31 March 2015    
Young polar bears visit a Russian village.
© Viktor Nikiforov / WWF-Russia
WWF International issued the following statement in reaction to the submission of the Russian climate plan to the UN today 31 March 2015:
 
"Russia is already experiencing significant impacts from climate change. WWF is disappointed, therefore, that Russia's pledge does not include adaptation and show how Russia will protect its citizens and natural treasures from a warming and unpredictable climate,” said Samantha Smith, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative.
 
Russia will pass its emissions peak in the 2020 - consistent with the peak years for countries with similar Gross National Income per capita. Russia can – and should – do significantly more, said Alexey Kokorin, spokesperson on climate issues for WWF-Russia.
 
“Russia should reconsider its climate plans as submitted to the UN when the current national economic crisis is past; they should agree to more ambitious mitigation targets for 2025 and 2030. The present plan is too conservative.
 
“We believe it is necessary to separate greenhouse gas emissions in key sectors of the economy and energy from forestry; in addition they should commit to increasing protected forests by as much as 100Mha by 2025.
 
“It is unfortunate that Russia does not reflect adaptation in its plans. This is a highly vulnerable country and will need a lot of national adaptation and resilience measures." 
Young polar bears visit a Russian village.
© Viktor Nikiforov / WWF-Russia Enlarge

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