Strengthen forest governance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions says IUCN

After more than a week in Bali, forests appear to be strongly anchored at the center of everyone’s attention. The climate change discussions have been, to a very large extent, all about REDD – or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) was no latecomer in this debate. The first time that REDD was addressed in an official meeting of technical experts, IUCN raised its voice on the matter. The intervention came after 25 governments alternatively took the floor to speak in support of the inclusion of forests into the climate change debate.

A key message which the IUCN delegation has been delivering here in Bali is to not forget about people. While many discussions on REDD have focused on technical issues, such as carbon accounting systems or satellite imagery, IUCN has stayed focused on the local communities who live and depend on the forests that others might see as being simple ‘carbon sinks’. During a Poverty and Environment Partnership (PEP) side event on Saturday’s Forest Day, IUCN and its partners engaged with an audience of over 200 people to find ways of making REDD work for the poor.

IUCN looks forward to the second week of negotiations to continue to deliver strong pro-forest and pro-forest-people messages to the climate change negotiators.

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