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12/08/2010

Mexico presents his vision for REDD+ program

National plan aims to end destruction and degradation of forests

Mexican forestry officials on Wednesday presented a national vision for the REDD+ program, a global strategy spearheaded by Norway and France that provides financial compensation to around 60 countries for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by deforestation and forest degradation.

Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), said that such destruction in Mexico generates 70.2 million tons of annual carbon dioxide emissions, or nearly 10 percent of total emissions nationally.

Jungles and forests comprise around 30 percent -or 64 million hectares- of the country’s national territory and house about 12 million people, of who nearly half are indigenous.

“Today we are seeking that this alliance… is adopted as a universal program for the conservation of forests and jungles in the context of the COP16. This cooperation can be one of the most important instruments for sustainability in the developing world,” he said.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa said that the national REDD+ strategy would help Mexico to reduce its deforestation levels, and the subsequent GHG emissions, to zero by 2030.

“What we want to achieve with REDD+ is to better preserve our forests and jungles, to conserve their biodiversity, and to provide options for sustainable development to the people who live there,” he said.

In an earlier press conference that day, President Calderón Hinojosa announced that Rubenius, an energy services company based in the United Arab Emirates, would invest $4 billion in Mexico to build the world’s largest battery bank. The storage facility would house energy generated by solar, wind and geothermal plants across Mexico to be consumed at home and in the United States.

Keywords
REDD, REDD Plus, REDD+, jungle, degradation, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, SEMARNAT, carbon dioxide, GHG, COP16, CMP6, climate change, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Rubenius, United Arab Emirates

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