Media Advisory: New UN iPhone Application Shows Key Role of Ecosystems in Tackling Climate Change vr, dec 9, 2011

How many mangroves does it take to offset a transatlantic flight? What consumer actions can we take to reduce damage to rainforests? Answers to these questions and many more will be provided by a new iPhone application to be launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Eye on Earth summit in Abu Dhabi.

Press Launch at Eye on Earth Summit, Abu Dhabi

Time: 2.30pm, Tuesday 13 December 2011

Venue: One UN Pavilion, ADNEC

How many mangroves does it take to offset a transatlantic flight? What consumer actions can we take to reduce damage to rainforests?

Answers to these questions and many more will be provided by a new iPhone application to be launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the Eye on Earth summit in Abu Dhabi.

The free UNEP application draws attention to the critical role played by ecosystems such as saltmarshes, mangroves, tropical forests and seagrasses in tackling climate change.

It allows users to calculate their personal carbon footprint for journeys taken by air, train or road. Users will then be shown the area of a particular ecosystem (such as a tropical forest) that can store this amount of carbon dioxide.

The application demonstrates the vital role of coastal and terrestrial ecosystems in storing and sequestering CO₂ ? and actions that individuals can take to help conserve these valuable natural assets. Information on key climate initiatives such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is also provided.

The iPhone application, which is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, will be launched during the official opening of the One UN Pavilion at the Eye on Earth summit.

For more information, please contact:

Bryan Coll, UNEP Newsdesk (Nairobi) on Tel. +254 207623088 or Email: bryan.coll@unep.org / unepnewsdesk@unep.org

 
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