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Forest and Wetland Experts Twitter UN REDD Negotiations

02-Jun-2009

Experts from the Ecosystem Climate Alliance (ECA), a coalition of leading environmental groups around the world, have established a twitter feed to monitor the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) negotiations in real time at the Bonn climate talks from June 1 – 12, 2009.

In past climate change negotiations, particularly the Bali meeting in December 2007, forests and peatlands have been among the most controversial issues – touching on fossil fuel emission reductions, offsets, development, poverty and Indigenous Peoples’ rights as well as conservation. @REDDScoop will provide live perspectives on the REDD negotiations from experienced inside participants.

WHEN & WHERE: www.twitter.com/REDDScoop, @REDDScoop, from June 1–12, 2009

WHO: @REDDScoop is staffed by members of the Ecosystems Climate Alliance, an alliance of environmental and social NGOs focused on natural forests, peatlands and the people who depend on them.

Members include: The Australian Wilderness Society, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Global Witness, Humane Society International, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation Norway, The Rainforest Foundation UK, and Wetlands International.

WHY: The Bonn Climate Negotiations are a critical preparatory meeting for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, 2009, where many of the key details shaping the eventual agreement will be determined. Forests account for roughly one fifth of all global greenhouse gas emissions; peatsoil degradation for about 10%. Along with deep fossil fuel emission reductions, both forests and peatsoils must be a central part of any effective climate treaty. REDD, the proposed tropical forest component of the new UNFCCC treaty process could be the international breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

Done poorly, REDD could have devastating consequences for the global climate, poverty levels, wetlands and forests. Done well, this is an unprecedented opportunity for a global policy that reduces deforestation, protects forest peoples’ rights, conserves biodiversity, and delivers real climate benefits.

 

More information:

Alex.Kaat@wetlands.org

+31 (0)6 50601917

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