“French President Nicolas Sarkozy will open a daylong conference Thursday of some 40 nations to start turning plans into action to save the world's forests and help rein in the noxious gases blamed for climate change. …
The conference, with closed-door working groups, is looking to translate measures adopted at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December into concrete mechanisms - and funds. World Bank representatives and lending nations were also attending the meeting. …
A portion of the $30 billion that world leaders agreed to spend over the next three years to help poor nations could go toward the forest program. World leaders agreed to spend a total of $100 billion by 2020. Finding mechanisms to disburse those funds quickly and fairly is among the tasks at the conference.…” [The Associated Press/Factiva]
Le Figaro asks “…How should the money be allocated? Which agency will be responsible for management? Should there be a fund for the forest alone or otherwise incorporate the latter in what eventually should become a great green fund? All these issues will be discussed Thursday…. Around the world forests raise issues of ownership, securities are often nonexistent. And in some countries one can’t escape the corruption issues....” [Le Figaro (France)/Factiva]
La Tribune writes that “…for Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Environment Jose Endundo the aid provided by the North to the South to help protect forests must ‘change scale’ from millions to billions of dollars. ‘Because the funding mechanism for forests is an important factor in development,’ he said.
It is impossible to act for forests without raising the question of indigenous communities’ rights, their access to energy and agricultural activities. All these topics will still be the focus of an Oslo meeting on forests in eight weeks….” [La Tribune (France)/Factiva]