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REDD: Climate conference ends with deforestation agreement

The accord creates incentives to keep forests standing and reduce CO2 emissions.

Source:  Copyright 2010, GlobalPost
Date:  December 11, 2010
Byline:  Myles Estey
Original URL: Status ONLINE

For a climate change conference that began with universally low expectations, the Cancun meeting achieved surprisingly concrete progress, including an agreement to help preserve tropical forests.

Despite lacking the teeth many wanted, the deforestation provisions offer a way to protect forests through international agreements. Delegates also agreed to set up a fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change and strengthened the emissions promises made at last year's Copenhagen conference. None of the provisions are binding.

The deforestation framework, known as REDD+ (which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degrading Emissions, the + was recently added to denote broader ecosystem conservation) creates incentives to keep forests standing and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its supporters say it will help to slow climate change.

Deforestation accounts for roughly 20 percent of the world's emissions, similar to ...

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