The Outcome for Forests Emerging from Cancun

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Summary

The decision may have been a long time coming and it is far from perfect, but forest watchers have reason to rejoice following ahistoric decision on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in Cancun. Whilst expectations were low in the run up to the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), REDD was seen by many as the great hope for this year’s climate conference. After two weeks of heavy negotiations that were conducted in the most part behind closed doors, the 192 Parties to the Convention reached a decision on tropical forests, there by establishing a new international framework for reducing emissions from deforestation andforest degradation.

Authors

Parker, Charlie