As the world prepares for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Cancun later this month, there’s exciting news on the climate change front.
Earlier this week at the third annual Governors’ Global Climate Summit in Davis, California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Governor Arnóbio Marques de Almeida Júnior from Acre, Brazil and Governor Juan José Sabines Guerrero from Chiapas, Mexico to combat climate change and protect tropical forests.
This agreement plans to establish the world’s first compliance pathway for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation “plus” conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks). The MOU should set a powerful precedent for connecting sub-national REDD+ programs (like those in Chiapas and Acre) with carbon markets in industrialized states and provinces.
In his speech, Schwarzenegger emphasized the ability of regions to take immediate actions against climate change, regardless of larger policy issues.
“With or without international agreements, the green revolution is moving full-speed ahead in states, regions and provinces,” Schwarzenegger said. “I have seen the power these regional governments carry in influencing and creating the new ideas that spur clean innovation, reduce emissions and create jobs, and this summit is an incredible opportunity to build on our sub-national successes. Together, we are ushering in a cleaner, brighter and more prosperous future that we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.”
CI Vice Chairman Harrison Ford also spoke at the event, describing the urgency of the climate change problem and the potential of forest protection to help solve it. To this aim, CI is building capacity for and implementing REDD+ activities in tropical countries all over the world, including Mexico and Brazil.