UN climate negotiations video update: Forest day

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James Mayers
04 December 2011

James Mayers, the head of IIED's natural resources group, discusses key themes being discussed at the UN Climate Negotiations’ forest day in Durban, South Africa.

“There’s a lot of technical discussions... but ...real energy too. There’s a sense that maybe the forest part of the climate debate is reaching a breakthrough.”

Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) – a mechanism by which countries can reward other countries to look after forests rather than cut them down so that carbon dioxide remains stored in forests – is a key part of the discussions. And Mayers says he feels optimistic that checks and balances for running such a system may be agreed. 

There is also increasing collaboration between southern countries where deforestation might be a problem  – “south south collaboration to make progress on REDD issues has really come of age here.”

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