Barcelona, Spain (October 9, 2008)- A joint statement was released by forestry companies, green organizations, and indigenous peoples on the best way to reduce forest carbon emissions as part of the Forest Dialogue Initiative on Forests and Climate Change. One point of consensus was that preserving forests as carbon sinks must be one of the world’s top priorities. The representatives also said that projects should aim to reduce poverty, strengthen land rights, protect indigenous peoples, improve forest management, and should not act as a substitute for the emissions cuts needed of developed nations.
“Forest leaders, business representatives, donors, and community groups not only agreed on the pivotal role that forests can play in mitigating climate change, but also mapped out a consensus action plant on concrete steps,” said Steward Maginnis of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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