A Good Treaty for Forests at Copenhagen

Publication - 3 December, 2009
Why protecting tropical forests is vital to tackling climate change.

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Executive summary: Tropical forest destruction is responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – more than the emissions from all the world’s cars, planes, and trains put together. Consequently, stopping forest destruction is one of the quickest ways we can help achieve the dramatic cuts we need in global greenhouse gas emissions.

At the UN climate summit in Copenhagen this December, Greenpeace is calling on world leaders to take the historic opportunity it offers, to drastically reduce GHG emissions and agree to a fair, ambitious and binding treaty that:

  • Ends tropical deforestation by 2020
  • Provides at least $140 billion (€110 billion) annually from industrialised countries to support adaptation, mitigation and forest protection in the developing world. $42 billion US dollars (€30 billion) of this annual sum should be used to end deforestation.
  • Cuts emissions by at least 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels in the developed world
  • Cuts the growth in emissions by at least 15-30% by 2020 in the developing world

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