Norway’s strategy for combating deforestation in developing countries was presented at the international UN Climate Change Conference in Bali. Emissions from deforestation are not currently regulated under the Climate Change Convention or the Kyoto Protocol.
Cuts in greenhouse gas emissions
“An initiative in this area in the next few years can bring about substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions while the world is seeking to put in place a new, more comprehensive agreement on climate change,” says Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim.
Twenty per cent of global CO2 emissions
At present, deforestation in developing countries is releasing carbon dioxide corresponding to about 20 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing deforestation is of crucial importance not only in relation to climate change, but also in order to maintain biodiversity and safeguard people’s livelihoods.
Towards the next Climate Change Conference
To achieve Norway’s target of limiting the average rise in global temperature to no more than 2°C, Norway is advocating the inclusion of commitments to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries in a global climate change regime for the period after 2012. Norway will work towards agreement on such a regime at the next Climate Change Conference, which will take place in Copenhagen in 2009.
Mozambique. Deforestation is a major problem in this area, contributes to worsening the effects of drought. Photo: WFP/ Brenda Barton.