Forests and climate: Recommended reading
On 20 July, the European Commission will make its proposal on how to integrate emissions from land and forests (LULUCF) into the climate and energy package.
However, this has not stopped the Environment Committee in the European Parliament from already forming an opinion.
In a sign of strong political unity, environment coordinators from all seven political parties wrote to Vice-President Katainen, Vice-President Šefčovič, Commissioner Arias Cañete and Commissioner Hogan with the message that “LULUCF cannot compensate for man-made emissions and…should not be used to delay the much needed low carbon transition.”
The MEPs also state that “annual compliance checks must be kept in place and not be replaced by 5-yearly compliance cycles in the ESD” since otherwise “the EU would effectively only know in 2027 whether Member States are on track to 2030.”
A press release from the Accra Caucus outlining disappointment over the outcomes of climate negotiations in Tianjin, China, and worries about the dangers of a bad forest deal being agreed at the next United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Cancun.
Presented at UNFCCC meeting in Accra, August 2008
Forest conservation in one country can influence the degree of conservation or deforestation in other countries because of international linkages of the forest products industry and markets and a lack of global coordination. Thus leakage and offsetting losses of environmental quality may be present. The authors find that the magnitude of leakage depends upon the price elasticities of supply of anddemand for forestry products across the countries and degree of cooperation in forest conservation. We estimate that a significant portion (42%–95%) of the reduced forestry production implemented in a country/region can be transferred to elsewhere, offsetting environmental gains.