Alliance formed at Bonn Meet to Deal with Climate Change
Environment & Ecology Current Affairs 2011. Top government, business and civil society leaders from several countries, including India, have formed a unique alliance to deal with climate change
Top government, business and civil society leaders from several countries, including India, have formed a unique alliance to deal with climate change. They have launched an ambitious programme to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded land by 2020. The alliance was formed at the two-day conference on climate change organised jointly by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the German Ministry for Environment in the city of Bonn. The meet titled 'Bonn Challenge on Forests, Climate Change and Bio-diversity' was aimed at securing a broad support from government, business and civil society leaders for forest conservation efforts and thereby making a contribution to reducing global warming.
The participants pledged to work together to stem rapidly expanding deforestation in many parts of the world and reverse the loss and degradation of forests in an area equivalent to half the size of Asia until 2020.
The Bonn Challenge event is co-hosted by Government of Germany and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), in collaboration with the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). The conference is part of the engagement of the German Ministry of Environment in support of CBD and UNFCCC. The year 2011 has been marked as the international year of forests.
The main purpose of the the event was to apply forest and landscape restoration as a means of implementing existing international commitments on both climate change and biodiversity, integrated through national REDD+ strategies. An analysis, done by GPFLR, discovered that more than 1 billion hectares of land has been deforested.
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.