UN climate negotiations video update: Forest day

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4 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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