The UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) currently does not foresee concrete actions to include forestry in global-warming mitigation measures. But this could soon change, with the growing recognition of deforestation as a major contributor to global warming.
Sir Nicholas Stern's Report on the economics of climate change came to a stunning conclusion: the loss of natural forests around the world contributes more to global warming emissions than the transport sector. Deforestation is an issue chiefly outside Europe (South America, Asia). According to the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, the loss of forests globally is fourteen million hectares per year. But in Europe and North America, forests are growing at a rate of around one million hectares per year.
The conference of the parties to the UNFCCC agreed in November 2006 to explore a proposal by Brazil that would provide incentives to reduce deforestation emissions in developing countries. The issue will be further explored in March 2007 at a meeting in Bonn. A review of the Kyoto Protocol is scheduled to take place in 2008.
Posted on 13th December 2006
IEMA reacts to IPCC report: AR6 Climate Change 2021
- 9th August 2021
IEMA reacts to CCC Progress report to Parliament
- 24th June 2021
IEMA reacts to Climate Change Committee Report
- 15th June 2021
IEMA Reacts to Queen’s Speech
- 11th May 2021
Enhancing Scotland’s EIA Community - Scotland’s EIA Conference 2021 moves online
- 22nd April 2021
IEMA launches senior management briefing on how organisations can benefit from effective environmental auditing
- 29th March 2021