Copyright Ecosystems Climate Aliance Leading NGO Forest and Peatlands Experts Start Twitter Feed to Monitor REDD Issues at Bonn Climate Change Talks.

WHAT: Experts from a coalition of leading environmental groups around the world have established a twitter feed to monitor the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) negotiations in real time at the Bonn climate change talks from June 1 – 12, 2009.  Since the creation of the Bali Action Plan in December 2007, forests have become among the most controversial issues at the United Nations negotiations – touching on fossil fuel emission reductions, offsets, development, poverty and Indigenous Peoples’ rights as well as conservation. @REDDScoop will provide live perspectives on the REDD negotiations from experienced inside participants.

WHEN & WHERE: www.twitter.com/REDDScoop, @REDDScoop, from June 1–12, 2009

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WHO: @REDDScoop is staffed by members of the Ecosystems Climate Alliance, an alliance of environmental and social NGOs focused on natural forests, peatlands and the people who depend on them. Members include: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Global Witness, Humane Society International, Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Foundation Norway, The Rainforest Foundation UK, Wetlands International and The Wilderness Society.

WHY: The Bonn Climate Negotiations are a critical preparatory meeting for the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December 2009, where many of the key details shaping the eventual agreement will be determined. Forests account for roughly one-fifth of all global greenhouse gas emissions and, along with deep fossil fuel emission reductions, must be a central part of any effective climate treaty. REDD, the proposed tropical forest component of the new UNFCCC treaty process, could be an international breakthrough – but the details of the agreement truly matter. Done poorly, REDD could have devastating consequences for the global climate, poverty levels and forests. Done well, this is an unprecedented opportunity for a global policy that reduces deforestation, protects forest peoples’ rights, conserves biodiversity, and delivers real climate benefits.

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