Latest Climate + Forest News [December 16, 2009]

Deal to save forests nearly complete?

Environmentalists say forests and indigenous peoples ‘left vulnerable’ in final text.

From Copenhagen, Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai shares her views on deforestation.

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Latest Climate + Forest News [December 14, 2009]

Lack of money could hurt forest deal.

Gro Harlem Brundtland: “forests and climate issues have never been higher on the political agenda.”

Nature correspondent reflects on Forest Day 3.

Google helps to fight deforestation.

Q&A with Elinor Ostrom.

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Act Now if the World’s Forests are to be Saved for Climate Protection, Says Major International Conference

This Year’s Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, with Other Global Leaders Including Bill Clinton, Rajendra Pachauri, Gro Harlem Bruntland, Lord Nicholas Stern, and Wangari Mathaai Joined Activists and Academics to Call for Action on Forests in Copenhagen

Opportunities to Use Forests for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation are Exceptionally Good, but Many Challenges Lie Ahead

In a New Polling System, Participants Identified the Top Two Barriers to Successful REDD+

COPENHAGEN (14 December 2009)—As agreement nears on incorporating forest mitigation into a new climate protection accord, close to 1,500 forestry experts, policymakers and activists gathered in Copenhagen yesterday to urge politicians to make the most of a once in a lifetime opportunity to conserve forests and contribute to climate change mitigation, a policy option usually referred to as REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation).

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Benn quotes Darwin

Hilary Benn, CREDIT: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin quote, cited by Hilary Benn, UK Minister of Environment

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Common ground at COP

Twahirwa Aimable, Agence Rwandaise d’Information

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What Colombia’s doing to protect the forests

Carolina Diaz Costa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia

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Hilary Benn on tackling deforestation at COP15

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, talks about the importance of tackling deforestation as part of a deal on climate change in Copenhagen.www.actoncopenhagen.gov.uk

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