UN launches plan to save tropical forests

Posted by Laura Grant on September 26, 2008
Posted in Conservation

The United Nations launched a programme this week to help nine developing countries – among them three African states, Zambia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo – to establish systems to monitor, assess and report their forest cover. The programme could lay the foundation for a system whereby poor countries could earn tradable carbon credits for protecting their forests. Indonesia, for example, has the potential to be compensated $1-billion a year for reducing its rate of deforestation, the UN estimates.

Deforestation accounts for 20 percent of global carbon emissions, say scientists. If the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Programme, or UN-REDD, were to be incorporated into a post-Kyoto climate deal it would be a way rich countries would pay poor ones to slow climate change. Other countries in the programme are Bolivia, Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Viet Nam.

Sources: Reuters, UNEP


2 Responses to “UN launches plan to save tropical forests”

  1. Peter Lynch
    September 29th, 2008 @ 1:36 am

    Everyone could help. Being a vegetarian is not only the healthiest thing you can do for yourself but it swill save about an acre a year in deforrestation.

    I suggest to all my neighbors tp plant more trees and harvest rainwater.

    We need all hands on deck. Let’s save the polar bears and all the other animals.


  2. Rader
    September 29th, 2008 @ 2:11 am

    I wonder why Costa Rica is not included in this group of “favored nations”. Perhaps it is a victim of its own success, having already protected nearly 30% of its national territory. Still, this is a very poor country and deserves credit for its progress on just this very issue. In fact, Costa Rica and New Zealand are the only countries in the world to have announced their intentions and to have set goals to become carbon neutral. When you consider where to go for your next holiday, please consider my adopted homeland – for all the right reasons.

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