EC Announces Communication on Deforestation and Climate Change
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7 November 2008: At the 44th session of the International Tropical Timber Council and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees (Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence, Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management), the European Commission (EC) announced a communication on deforestation and climate change, with the goal of informing the EU […]

7 November 2008: At the 44th session of the International
Tropical Timber Council and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees
(Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence,
Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management), the European
Commission (EC) announced a communication on deforestation and climate change,
with the goal of informing the EU position at the upcoming climate change
negotiations in Poznan, Poland.

The communication, entitled “Addressing the
challenges of deforestation and forest degradation to tackle climate change and
biodiversity loss,” calls upon the EU to strengthen existing policies, pool
resources, act in a unified manner, and scale up financing. The EC proposes
that in the UNFCCC negotiations on the future climate regime, the EU aims to
halt global forest cover loss by 2030 at the latest and to reduce gross
tropical deforestation by at least 50% by 2020 compared to current levels. It
further suggests that a funding instrument, the Global Forest Carbon Mechanism,
be established to stem deforestation and forest degradation. Mechanism
participants would include developing countries that have ratified a future
climate agreement.
The Mechanism would support capacity-building initiatives,
aim to secure co-benefits, protect the rights of forest-dependent communities,
and grant financial support on a performance basis. The communication also
calls for further examination of how deforestation can be included in carbon
markets. [The
Communication
]

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