The Nobel Peace Price Winner, Prof Wangari Maathai, the Minister of Environment for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jose’ Endundo Bononge and the Climate Change Ambassador for Papua New Guinea, Kevin Conrad discussed the role of Biosequestration and the Reduction of Emissions through Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in moving forward towards the Green Economy.
The meeting was opened by UNEP’s Deputy Executive Director, Angela Cropper and co-chaired by the Green Economy Initiative Project Leader, Pavan Sukhdev, and Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, Ibrahim Thiaw. It focused on 1) the importance of Biosequestration and REDD to mitigate climate change, 2) the policies needed to increase the contribution of Biosequestration to mitigation and 3) how can these policies make an additional contribution to the Green Economy.
Whilst Prof Maathai voiced her disappointment with the lack of action that has taken place, Endundo Bononge urged the international community to help the DRC preserve its ecosystem and Kevin Conrad highlighted the importance of providing incentives for the conservation of the rain forests in developing countries. All panelists concluded that REDD played a key role in mitigating Climate Change and called for action before it is too late.