CBD COP11: Climate mitigation meaningless without halting deforestation

Rio Conventions Pavilion TV, CBD COP11 (16/10/2012) – Henriette Westhrin, Norwegian Minister of Environment, argues that if we wish to solve climate change, we have no choice but to halt deforestation.

Westhrin argues that mitigation of carbon emissions within both developed and developing nations will be almost meaningless if deforestation is not halted concurrently.

Westhrin supports the UNFCCC’s REDD program to protect and improve forests but asserts that better communication is needed. She states Norway will only work in nations with which they feel they can be true partners rather than be felt to be intrusive.

Westhrin recognises that some nations, such as Costa Rica, have reforested very successfully, but asserts that there is still much work to be done. She argues that as well as more money from governments and the private sector, action by states to tackle their own conservation issues is required.