Economic Development and Global Climate Stability must be achieved together.
Reversing the Tide of Deforestation is an endeavor the World cannot afford to fail.
As Rainforest Nations struggle to rise from poverty, the only real options for economic growth hinge on the destruction of natural forests, which hold the majority of biodiversity, and the key to Global Climate Stability.
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations is tackling the challenge.
Policymakers from 50+ Nations, financial market experts and top scientists are collaborating to align market incentives with environmentally sustainable economic opportunities.
CfRN endorses global initiatives to help developing countries overcome outmoded market incentives – and - the corruption and poverty that fuels illegal logging, clear-cutting, and transfer pricing.
CfRN is an Intergovernmental Organization under the United Nations Secretariat in New York, and holds meetings within the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change. Delegates from participating countries work to:
· Create and implement policy and programs that reconcile forest stewardship and economic development.
· Partner with Industrialized Nations that support fair trade and market access to developing countries.
· Create new revenue streams to support economic growth that is environmentally sustainable.
· Reform International frameworks to promote market incentives with sustainable outcomes.
· Endorse market-based ‘developmental finance mechanisms’ that yield concrete environmental benefits – and financial incentives.
· Agree to be held accountable for national carbon emissions and forest management policies in exchange for equal participation by industrialized nations in global markets for emissions and forest products.
· Establish models that work for all tropical forested nations that combine income streams derived from carbon sequestration, selective logging, vertical market integration, eco-friendly cash crop cultivation, biodiversity purchase and leases, community-based venture creation, reprioritized international grant strategies, etc.
· Offer voluntary carbon emissions reductions by conserving forests in exchange for access to international markets for emissions trading.
The Rainforest Coalition was formed after a call by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, (bio>>) (speech>>) and operates as an intergovernmental organization with the Secretariat currently housed in New York City.
For the first time, a group of developing nations with rainforests are formally offering voluntary carbon emission reductions by conserving forests in exchange for access to international markets for emissions trading. The Rainforest Coalition developed this proposal at the annual UN Climate Change Conference (more>>) , COP-11, Agenda Item 6 (more>>). On 9 December 2005, the UNFCCC Parties agreed to begin a process of further 'consideration' with the objective of finalizing recommendations by COP-13 in 2007.
A parallel initiative is being developed for the UN International Tropical Timber Organization that calls for fairer prices for indigenous loggers who employ sustainable harvesting practices.
* Note: Countries participate on a voluntarily basis primarily through unified negotiating positions, workshops and collaborative programs. Participation does not necessarily imply that countries adhere to any specific domestic policies or negotiating positions within the international context.
Warsaw Framework for REDD+
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations was one of the key architects of this 7-Decision REDD+ Package. The Warsaw Framework for REDD+ represents one of CfRN's most notable achievements as it realizes the Coalition's vision of a REDD+ mechanism that is designed and lead by developing countries with provision of adequate financial and technological support from the developed world.
COP 17 and COP 18
At both of these sessions of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, CfRN was instrumental in the development of the methodological infrastructure for REDD+ implementation in developing countries.
COP 16 The Cancun Agreements
The CfRN led the way in the adoption of a REDD+ Decision. The Coalition defined the fundamental elements that position REDD+ as a key international mitigation instrument that developing countries may implement to combat gobal climate change.
Oslo Forest and Climate Conference 2010:
Donor countries’ commitment was formalized through the creation of an ‘Interim REDD+Partnership Agreement’ to “fast-track” REDD+ actions. The commitment was also increased to $4.2 billion by expanding public donors and public/private financial partnerships.
COP-15 Copenhagen Accord 2009:
Industrialized countries committed$30 billion for developing countries’ climate change actions, of which $3.5billion was earmarked for REDD+ initiatives.
Launched at the 2008 General Assembly by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, CfRN consulted with Norway, founding donors, and remains closely engaged to ensure that the UN-REDD Programme agenda is complementary to that of the UN-FCPF.
COP-14 Poznan Statement:
Poznan Statement on the Importance of REDD+ was developed and endorsed by both industrialized and developing countries.
World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (WB-FCPF):
CfRN was instrumental in creating the WB-FCPF and continues to contribute to the evolution of this facility.
COP-13 Bali Action Plan 2007:
The Bali Action Plan of 2007 introduced a platform for REDD+ to become an element of the climate treaty that succeeds the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.
Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica, lead CfRN to propose a voluntary REDD+ mechanism based on positive incentives for developing countries relative to a national reference level. Parties agreed to a 2-year work program.
Together with experts in the field,CfRN created the “Developing a Low Carbon Growth Plan,” “Developing a National REDD+ Strategy,” and “A National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change,”which introduce methodologies for climate-compatible development for Coalition Nations.