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									         FORESTS NOW
    It is time to deal with up to 25% of global carbon emissions.
LATIN AMERICA                                                                  AFRICA                                                                                        SOUTH EAST ASIA

“    In the Amazon we’ve proven that
we can reduce the carbon emissions
from deforestation when the political
will and the right incentives for people
                                                                              “   We need a mechanism that will
                                                                              assist people in developing countries,
                                                                              certainly in Africa, to protect their
                                                                              standing forests and plant trees, to
                                                                                                                                                                             “   Global markets for products like
                                                                                                                                                                             beef and coffee have been driving
                                                                                                                                                                             deforestation – carbon markets offer
                                                                                                                                                                             an opportunity to compete head to head
who live in the forests are there.                                            protect their soil, protect biodiversity                                                       with the money a country was making
If applied around the world, models                                           and protect livelihoods while reducing                                                         elsewhere while protecting forests.
like this can have a significant and                                          carbon emissions for everyone.                                                                 We absolutely must do it if we are
immediate impact on climate
change.                                                                                                                                          ”                           serious about climate stability.

Professor Virgílio Viana, Secretary of State
for Environment and Sustainable Development,
                                                                              Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace
                                                                              Prize Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt
                                                                              Movement, Kenya
                                                                                                                                                                             Kevin Conrad, Executive Director of the
                                                                                                                                                                             Coalition for Rainforest Nations and Ambassador
                                                                                                                                                                             on Climate Change for Papua New Guinea
Amazonas, Brazil

The Forests Now Declaration:                                                                                                                                                 We therefore call
“Forests Now in the Fight Against Climate Change”                                                                                                                            on Governments to:
If we lose the world’s forests, we lose the                                   other source of fuel, fodder or income                                                         1 Ensure that carbon credits for reduced
fight against climate change. Human induced                                   many of them have no choice but to degrade                                                     emissions from deforestation and the
climate change is real and upon us.                                           forests to survive. Unless addressed urgently,                                                 protection of standing forests are included
Deforestation in the tropics and sub-                                         climate change will lead to decreased                                                          in all national and international carbon
tropics contributes between 18 and 25                                         agricultural production, increased poverty,                                                    markets, especially those created by
percent of global carbon emissions,                                           forced migration and human conflict. Dealing                                                   the UN Framework Convention on
second only to the use of fossil fuels.                                       with forests now will help the poor and                                                        Climate Change.
Policy debates have been dominated by clean                                   address food, energy and environmental
energy solutions, yet forests indisputably offer                              security for everyone – increasing the                                                         2 Simplify and expand effective carbon
one of the largest opportunities for cost                                     likelihood of meeting the UN Millennium                                                        market rules, including the Clean
effective and immediate action and must                                       Development Goals.                                                                             Development Mechanism, to encourage
now be treated with equal urgency. Mitigation                                                                                                                                reforestation, afforestation and
must continue across all sectors, including                                   Forest peoples, communities and governments                                                    sustainable forest management.
additional limits on industrial emissions,                                    need real incentives to maintain and grow
but efforts to meet vital reduction targets                                   their forest capital. Deforestation and forest
by 2030 will be negated unless we tackle                                      degradation are driven by external demands –
                                                                                                                                                                             3 Include tropical forest and land use
                                                                                                                                                                             carbon credits in the European Union
emissions from forests now.                                                   for timber, beef, soya and biofuels – which
                                                                              destroy trees for land, raising the stakes of                                                  Trading Scheme, while maintaining strong
This is not just about carbon. Tropical forests,                              global warming. Yet tropical forests continue                                                  incentives to reduce industrial emissions.
their soils and peatlands absorb and store                                    to be excluded from carbon markets that
carbon, but they also support half the species                                could provide the alternative strategies                                                       4 Encourage early action and new market
of life on Earth. This complex of biodiversity                                needed. Instead, perverse incentives are                                                       mechanisms that recognise the value
maintains our atmosphere and provides                                         in force, encouraging continued conversion                                                     of carbon stocks and forest ecosystem
vital ecosystem services upon which all                                       and degradation of forests and discouraging                                                    services, and support appropriate
of humanity depends. These services include                                   their restoration and capacity to contribute                                                   voluntary carbon market standards.
rainfall generation, regional climate regulation,                             to sustainable development. The science is
habitat conservation, watershed protection,                                   now clear and the technology is available,                                                     5 Provide assistance for developing
and soil stabilisation – at local to global scales.                           however conservation alone has proven no                                                       nations to build capacity to fully
Every person on the planet benefits from                                      match for commerce. There is not enough                                                        participate in the carbon markets,
these services, but none of us pay for them.                                  donor funding available to have the large-                                                     and to evaluate the ecosystem services
                                                                              scale impact necessary, but new market                                                         their forests provide.
Developing nations are the stewards of the                                    mechanisms can sustainably provide the
world’s tropical forests. They are not responsible                            additional sources of finance required.
for climate change, but its effects will fall
                                                                                                                                                                             6 Incentivise the regeneration and
                                                                                                                                                                             sustainable use of degraded land and
heavily on those with the least resources                                     Action on forests now is a win against climate
                                                                                                                                                                             ecosystems, and remove incentives
to adapt. Their forests sustain the livelihoods                               change, a win for vital forest ecosystems,
of 1.4 billion of the world’s poor, and with no                               and a win for the whole of humanity.                                                           that encourage forest destruction.

                        Amazon Conservation Association I Ape Alliance I Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA) I Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation I Australian Tropical Forest Institute
                       I Aveda I Born Free I Business Trading Ethically I Care International I Chicago Climate Exchange I Climate Focus I Climate Stewards I Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance I Coalition for Rainforest
                         Nations I Conservation International I Counterpart International I Cox and Kings Travel Ltd I Discovery Initiatives I Ecomiles I Ecosecurities I Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management I Enough is Enough
                             I Environmental Investigation Agency I Equator Environmental, LLC I Fauna & Flora International I Forest Carbon Ltd I Foundation Rainforest Rescue (Ecuador) I Ghana Institute of Foresters (GIF) I
                           Global Canopy Programme I Global Environment Centre I Gorilla Organization I Green Belt Movement I Habitat Ltd I International Canopy Network I JYSK Nordic I Kwantum I Madagascar Institut pour
                         la Conservation des Ecosystèmes Tropicaux (MICET) I Marks and Spencer I OPA! Organização Para a Proteção Ambiental I Orangutan Foundation I Practical Action I Pro-Natura International I Rainforest
www.globalcanopy.org     Concern I Rainforest Rescue International I Restore UK I Rufford Small Grants Foundation I Save Our World I Stichting Het Kronendak I Sumatran Orangutan Society I Sustainable Forestry Management
                        I TerraCarbon LLC I The Durrell Trust for Conservation Biology I The Herpetological Conservation Trust I The Methodist Relief and Development Fund I The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation I The Waterloo
                                    Foundation I Tropical Forest Trust I Union of Concerned Scientists I United Nations Association of the UK I Wetlands International I WHEB Ventures Ltd I Wildlife Conservation Society I
                                                                                                             World Future Council I World Land Trust                                                                                   www.sfm.bm
                                       For a full list of endorsers including NGOs, scientists, conservationists, faith leaders, business leaders, governments and foundations, please go to: www.ForestsNow.org

The Forests Now Declaration is sponsored by Global Canopy Programme with the support of Sustainable Forestry Management Limited

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