Seven Questions on Saving the World’s Rainforests

“By drawing on economics and conservation biology, it is now possible to develop collaborative frameworks within which developing countries can dramatically improve the long-term global prognosis for rainforest stewardship, biodiversity conservation, climate stability (via reduced carbon emissions), sustainable development, and poverty reduction.”        – Coalition for Rainforest Nations

The interview Seven Questions on Saving the World’s Rainforests explores the difficulties of reaching international agreement on forest conservation and at recent proposals for a new collaborative framework for conserving rainforests while helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries.

In association with the IISD Information Centre, Karl Hansen at The Living Rainforest interviewed Tony Juniper of the Prince’s Rainforests Project, in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. The interview was conducted at the headquarters of the Prince’s Rainforests Project at Clarence House, London, England in May 2009.

Question 1 – What has the ‘global forest dialogue’ achieved in the last 20 years?

Question 2 – Why have countries been reluctant to enter into legally binding agreements on forests?

Question 3 – Has there been enough emphasis on forces outside the forestry sector?

Question 4 – Where do the recent UN proposals on ‘REDD’ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) fit in?

Question 5 – How can REDD address criticisms from indigenous peoples and community forests?

Question 6 – You are proposing an Emergency Fund to start saving rainforests now. Where would the funding come from?

Question 7 – How could marginalised groups benefit from these emergency funds?

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