Forests are the Forgotten Climate Solution, Experts Say

Can protecting forests help save the planet? Environmentalists are hoping the answer is yes.

“To meet the 30 percent collective goal, those countries that can, must help to mobilise finance, including from private sector, for forest, food, and lands mitigation actions of developing countries”, says Peter Graham, the managing director of policy and research at Climate Advisers.

Nigel Purvis, the former US chief negotiator on climate and now the CEO of Climate Advisers says this action will be everything from reforestation to creating more sustainable agriculture to cutting back on meat consumption.

“It’s not a one size fits all [approach]”, he says.

He adds that the 30 percent target was negotiated by the stakeholders attending the summit and that it’s consistent with targets set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

To track progress, Climate Advisers is recommending that each stakeholder report their progress under the Paris Agreement’s Nationally Determined Contributions. Only a third of the 165 member countries under the agreement have quantified land sector targets—a lack of action the summit hopes to rectify.

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