Forest Landscapes Announcement

21 November 2013

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I’d like to thank Minister Davey for his welcome, and of course to Secretary Kerry for his message to us here in Warsaw. Unfortunately, I’ll have to leave shortly but felt it was important to make this announcement.

As Secretary Kerry noted, we’re proud to be part of the new Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (“ISFL”). This new partnership between governments and the private sector will help create long-term and lasting incentive structures for more sustainable development. The $25 million that the United States plans to provide, as part of the more than $250 million in planned total commitments being announced today. This complements the more than $1billion in financing for REDD+ the United States has provided since the beginning of the fast start period.

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