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U.S. pledges $1B towards rainforest conservation

U.S. pledges $1B towards rainforest conservation, December 17, 2009
The U.S. will contribute $1 billion towards an effort to reduce
emissions from deforestation, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom
Speaking at an event in Copenhagen, Vilsack said the U.S. would
contribute $1 billion over three years to a $3.5 billion package
pledged by Australia, France, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom to
jump-start a program — known as REDD+ — to slow and eventually reverse
deforestation in the tropics.
"Protecting the world's forests is not a luxury - it is a necessity,"
said Vilsack. "This substantial commitment is reflective of our
recognition that international public finance must play a role in
developing countries' efforts to slow, halt and reverse
The funds will be used to build capacities in countries developing REDD
+ plans.
Vilsack added that the Obama Administration strongly supports REDD+
and sees it as a means for bridging a negotiating gap between
industrialized and developing countries.
Several NGOs welcomed the announcement.
"The commitment of the United States announced by Secretary Vilsack
today to spend $1 billion over 3 years for building capacity from
reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is
exactly what is needed to begin to address the global challenge of
deforestation," Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature
Conservancy, said in a statement. "We encourage other nations to join
with commensurate commitments to support taking the actions that are
urgently needed to begin solving this global problem."
"The President's commitment to jumpstart REDD+ is a powerful and
timely signal of the US' commitment to protecting tropical forests and
reducing climate change," added said Kevin Knobloch, President of the
Union for Concerned Scientists. "It should help drive progress toward
a successful deal here in Copenhagen."
"If we manage to stop deforestation, we'll have averted a third of all
emissions we need to cut by 2020," Stoltenberg said.
Andrew Deutz, director of international climate policy for The Nature
Conservancy, said Wednesday’s deal was "needed to break the logjam of
the REDD negotiations here in Copenhagen, and spark the additional
funding needed to address the global challenge of deforestation."
But delegates feared an overwhelming amount of work remained as
leaders started arriving for the final two days of talks. British
Climate Secretary Ed Miliband said that talks, bogged down in
procedural wrangling, were at a "very dangerous point."




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