Despite the fact that deforestation is the second leading contributor of carbon emissions worldwide after the burning of fossil fuels, countries currently have few incentives for preserving their forests. However, deforestation is finally gaining attention in international discussions on climate change.
The Nature Conservancy believes that addressing deforestation must be a part of a comprehensive global climate change solution that addresses all major sources of carbon emissions. We are encouraging the world’s governments to create a flexible framework that incorporates the actions of developing countries with meaningful incentives to encourage the preservation and restoration of forests.
Visit the links below to discover how forest conservation and restoration can help stem the tide of climate change, while preserving critical habitats for nature and people.
The Role of Forests in Reducing Emissions
Reforestation and deforestation projects represent one of the most cost effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Creating Incentives to Stop Deforestation
While direct conservation efforts make a substantial contribution, much more needs to be done to curb the impact that deforestation has on climate change.
Including Forest Carbon in Climate Policies
The Conservancy is calling for legislation that provides incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use change, and sequester emissions by restoring forests.
Holding Forest Projects to a Higher Standard
Forest projects designed to mitigate climate change should also increase biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
Projects that Make a Difference
From Belize to China, the Conservancy is working around the world to protect forests and measure the amount of carbon they store.