Tropical deforestation and forest degradation account for approximately 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more than the combined emissions from every plane, train and automobile on the planet. Reducing and eventually halting deforestation is essential to slowing climate change.
WWF, which has a presence in more than 100 countries, including key nations that house the Amazon, Congo and Borneo rainforests, has recently implemented a multilateral “network initiative” on forest-based carbon. WWF’s Forest Carbon Initiative seeks to advance policies that will provide financial incentives for protecting tropical forests. It is also embarking upon a series of on-the-ground pilot projects focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD).
As the Head of State of a key rainforest nation, President Jagdeo will provide his perspective on the impact of deforestation and how to implement effective REDD programs.
Also participating will be Congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA); Per Federik Ilsaas Pharo, Director of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative, and Deputy Minister of the Environment; and Kevin Knobloch, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists.