IUCN Media Brief 17 December 2009 - REDD key to successful mitigation

THE LATEST: Solid progress has been made at COP 15 towards recognizing forests as a fundamental part of climate change mitigation solutions. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and REDD-plus are a critical part of a successful mitigation strategy.


THE QUOTE: “The most credible science indicates we’ve got one decade to stabilize the accumulation of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere. But even if we see aggressive cuts in fossil fuel emissions, current estimates indicate that we still might face a 30% mitigation shortfall by 2020,” says IUCN’s Director of Environment and Development, Stewart Maginnis. “REDD-plus is one of the few options that can realistically be deployed to fill that gap. In addition to reducing the rate of deforestation, large additional contributions can also be realized through enhancing carbon stocks, and restoring degraded forest land. Indeed it is likely that the restoration of forests on degraded lands could make an equivalent contribution to climate mitigation as avoiding deforestation”.

Leaders at Copenhagen should make robust commitments and a timetable for achieving a legally binding treaty for the post-2012 climate change regime as early as possible.

IUCN urges leaders meeting at UNFCCC COP15 to include nature’s solutions to reduce emissions and cope with impacts of climate change in a future deal. Nature is ready to provide powerful tools for both climate change mitigation and adaptation which are already available, cost-effective and sustainable. The potential benefits of a REDD mechanism and the role of ecosystems in enabling people to adapt to the impacts of climate change should be recognized.

Key Issues:
• Managing nature will play a key role in our ability to cope with the changing climate and reduce emissions
• Managing and conserving ecosystems can increase resilience and reduce the vulnerability of people to the impacts of climate change. Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change should be included in a post-2012 adaptation framework.
• Preventing deforestation and restoring forest areas through REDD-plus can combat climate change in a cost-effective way while generating tangible benefits for local livelihoods and biodiversity. REDD-plus must be an integral part of the future climate deal.

Events and Material for Media:

Thursday 17 December, 14:20 photo opportunity
100 women leaders, including Ministers and Heads of State all wearing “I Am An Agent of C-Change” t-shirts. Room Liva Weel, Bella Center. By the Global Gender Climate Alliance.
Friday 18 December, IUCN closing statement.

Spokespersons: Ninni Ikkala, IUCN’s Climate Change Coordinator, ninni.ikkala@iucn.org  Claire Parker Senior Climate Change Policy Consultant claire.n.parker@btopenworld.com  Stewart Maginnis, IUCN’s Director of Environment and Development, stewart.maginnis@iucn.org  (for REDD), Carole Saint-Laurent IUCN Senior Forest Policy Advisor, carsaint@bellnet.ca  (for REDD), Neville Ash IUCN’s Head of Ecosystem Based Management Programme ashn@iucn.or g (for ecosystem-based adaptation) Wendy Foden, IUCN Species Programme wendy.foden@iucn.org  (for species).

Media team: Pia Drzewinski, IUCN Global communications, m+41 76 505 8865 pia.drzewinski@iucn.org

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