'Forgotten' forests need climate cash to halt emissions

28 May 2015

At the bartering table of world climate talks forests are often given a free pass.

Chopped down for timber and cleared by agribusiness, deforestation counts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.

That’s just shy of what China gushes into the atmosphere.

You wouldn’t know it.

“Too often landscapes and forests are the forgotten part of the climate discussion,” Justin Adams of the Nature Conservancy said.

There isn’t a lack of “conservation capital” to flow into so-called sequestration projects, which pay countries to protect trees through carbon credits.

Just the pipeline of certified programmes needs to be broadened, so waiting investors can deploy capital, experts at an industry conference in Barcelona said on Wednesday.

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