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Forest conservation and sustainable management initiatives

Year: 2010 Author: Nieves López Izquierdo, Associate Consultant UNEP/GRID-Arendal
In November 2009, in an attempt to preserve the forests and slow deforestation, the Governments of Guyana and Norway signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation on issues related to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and improving sustainable development, with a particular focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the framework of REDD-plus. Within the region, Panama, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Paraguay are part of the UN-REDD programme that helps developing countries formulate and implement national REDD-plus strategies. In addition, a number of countries in the region are carrying out conservation and forest management initiatives. Among the mitigation measures announced by Brazil in the framework of the “Copenhagen Accord” is an initiative to reduce deforestation in Amazonia and the Cerrado, as well as efforts to restore grasslands. Mexico, within its national strategy to combat climate change, also considers sustainable forest management to be one of the means of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
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