Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ban Ki Moon notes progress on REDD+ reference levels & safeguards

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."

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