World leaders agree key mechanism to stop deforestation
Rio Pinquen, Manu National Park, Peru
In a hugely important conservation milestone, world leaders have agreed a finance package that will provide funds for tropical forest nations which are reducing carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed the global REDD+ mechanism in November. WWF has supported this effort for many years, engaging both on the ground in the forest nations as well as at global policy and finance levels. REDD+ will fight climate change by addressing the 20 percent of global carbon emissions caused by forest loss - a major victory for the world’s tropical forests, the more than 1.6 billion people that depend on forests, and the Earth’s embattled climate.
Original story posted: 13.12.2013 Updated: 10.02.2014