Saturday, January 14, 2012
At the amazing Avoided Deforestation Partners event in Durban, South Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon noted that the talks had made progress on REDD+ reference levels and safeguards.
"Last year, in Cancun, countries agreed to take the REDD+ agenda forward.
It was a collective pledge to slow, halt and reverse deforestation.
This was an important recognition of the win-win that forests represent for mitigating climate change and benefiting people, ecosystems and biodiversity.
And here in Durban, Parties have agreed on a way forward on the important issues of safeguards and reference levels.
I am encouraged to see that forest countries are acting to reduce deforestation, and that donor countries are pledging to support these activities."