European countries are still undecided on how to handle the thorny issue of deforestation under a new international climate change agreement, with national interests coming into play as EU ministers gear up for a series of meetings next week.
The global community is in the final weeks of negotiating a successor climate agreement to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Addressing deforestation is central to the talks, as it accounts for a fifth of global CO2 emissions, according to the UN.
The negotiating parties in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) are expected to address the issue of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) in developed countries.
They are also expected are expected to agree to include a funding mechanism called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in the climate deal. The REDD initiative followed a 2007 meeting in Bali, which ...