The Amazon region and its contribution to climate discussions



Posted on 30 July 2014  | 
Rio Pinquen, Manu National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Peru.
Rio Pinquen, Manu National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Peru.
© WWF-Canon / André BÄRTSCHIEnlarge
This year, for the first time, a United Nations climate conference (UNFCCC/CoP 20) will be held in one of the countries that share the Amazon Biome - Peru. This brings an opportunity to place the Amazon region and its contribution to climate regulation into the global discussions.

To that end, on August 6 and 7, three months before the UN Climate Conference, environmentalists, and corporate and government representatives will get together in Lima, the capital of Peru, for the 3rd Pan-Amazonian Meeting, to discuss the Amazon rainforest in the context of climate change.

Organized by the Amazon Regional Articulation (ARA), and co-promoted by Peru’s Ministry of the Environment and by organizations such as WWF and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the 3rd Pan-Amazonian Meeting will be an opportunity to define a priority agenda and collaborative work pathway for addressing themes such as deforestation, climate change and Amazon sustainability at the COP 20.

Antônio Donato Nobre, PhD and senior researcher at the National Amazon Research Institute (INPA is the Brazilian acronym) will present his new study entitled “The future of the Amazon’s climate”.

WWF will be represented by its president, Yolanda Kakabadse, and Living Amazon Initiative members, Claudio Maretti and Andre Dias, who will discuss, respectively, the climate security agenda and deforestation in the region.

Lessons learned from halting deforestation

The Living Amazon Initiative (LAI) has been researching and systematizing policies and programs to halt deforestation in the Amazon. The analyses for Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil have already been completed and in Brazil’s case representatives of the federal government and experts were involved to obtain feedback of the recommendations presented.

“These policy analyses will provide important inputs for the discussions on the challenge of confronting deforestation and on the Amazon’s contribution to combating climate change. Although national policies determine the dynamics of deforestation in each country, the mistakes and successes in implementing the respective actions can be usefully be shared from one country to another, all the more so today when deforestation fronts with trans-frontier influences have been identified, as in the case of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia”, declares Andre Dias, LAI Curb Deforestation and Enable a Forest Economy Strategy coordinator who will present the results of analyses at the 3rd Pan-Amazon Meeting.

Rio Pinquen, Manu National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Peru.
Rio Pinquen, Manu National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Peru.
© WWF-Canon / André BÄRTSCHI Enlarge
WWF International President, Yolanda Kakabadse will participate at the Pan-Amazon event.
© WWF-Canon / Richard Stonehouse Enlarge

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