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Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Expands in Africa

posted 10 Dec 2011, 22:21 by Eco Hub   [ updated 11 Dec 2011, 00:26 ]
Recently at the COP17 UN Climate Change Meetings in Durban, South Africa, new plans to extend the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme into Africa were released. REDD+ refers to national and international policies and actions focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as enhancing the crucial role that forests play in providing basic ecosystem services (notably water resources, soil protection, and biodiversity) and in improving the living conditions of populations in tropical forest countries. Central African and Donor Partner Countries Announce a Joint Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin. Meanwhile the IUCN’s National Committee of the Netherlands, represented by their Senior Advisor on Energy and Climate, Carl Königel, are also in Durban launching the African Terrestrial Carbon Centre (ATCC), their new initiative on REDD+ in Africa. Mr. Raymond Mbitikon, Executive Secretary of the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC), added that “Central African countries have a solid track record of cooperation and coordination on forest conservation in the Congo Basin. We look forward to the opportunity to accelerate our efforts as a result of the transparent, sustainable, predictable, and results-oriented support we will receive from our development partners.” Excellent news for Central African forests and their people if the system will work. We hope to bring you more on this in the near future. via www.iucn.org and www.un-redd.org
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