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Climate change, biodiversity and REDD+

  • Celia A. Harvey, Jonah Busch and Muhammad Farid

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 11 2010   /  10:05 am

The international community is currently tackling two urgent global problems: the rapid increase in climate change and the ongoing loss of biodiversity. Two weeks ago, delegates from around the world gathered in Nagoya, Japan to discuss the failure of countries to meet their 2010 biodiversity targets and to propose new targets for reducing further biodiversity loss. And, at the end of this month, country delegates will convene in Cancun, Mexico, to continue the ongoing climate negotiations and seek solutions to the climate crisis.One topic that is critical is how to deal with deforestation and degradation of the world’s tropical forests. Each year, roughly 13 million hectares of forests are cleared globally, resulting in the emission of around 4.4 billion tons of CO2, or roughly 15 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. This deforestation also leads to ...