CAN International Briefing Paper, Reducing Deforestation Emissions, May 2006

CAN strongly welcomes the initiative to discuss reducing emissions from deforestation as proposed by Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Costa Rica and discussed at CoP-11 in Montreal. Tropical deforestation is responsible for 20 to 25 per cent of present carbon dioxide emissions and has huge negative impacts on biodiversity, local communities and indigenous peoples, sustainable long-term economic growth, air quality and other environmental and socio-economic goods and services.