April 27, 2016
The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Governor Brown,
We are following the proposal for inclusion of forest sector offsets from programs and projects of “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Land Degradation (REDD+)” in California’s AB 32 program, which will soon be voted on by the Air Resources Board. As climate change is a universal problem, we commend California’s efforts to design and drive innovative solutions aimed at tackling climate change not only within its borders but elsewhere in the world.
International Sector Based Offset Credits is one of many programs under consideration as part of the Law for Solutions for Global Warming (AB32) and is an important mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and protecting tropical forests, upon which many communities’ lives and livelihoods depend, especially traditional and indigenous communities living in the Brazilian Amazon.
Thus, we write to express the support of the Brazilian Coalition for Climate, Forest and Agriculture to the State of California for its significant efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions domestically, and also for considering the importance of tropical forest conservation and the involvement of local communities in these efforts.
The possibility of compensation for emissions offsets included in the cap-and-trade program of California represents a positive signal for the consolidation of an international mechanism for REDD+ which promises to create real benefits for climate, communities, and forest conservation in Brazil as well as in other developing countries. We believe that California should continue leading the inclusion of REDD+ within its system since this approach allows a significant, permanent and long-term funding pathway that is complementary to the mechanisms currently under discussion in the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ).
The Brazilian Coalition is composed of more than 110 Brazilian companies, research centers and civil society organizations1 with the objective of debate climate change, and has a strong presence in the formulation, monitoring and monitoring of public policies for climate in Brazil.
With our deepest expressions of esteem and appreciation,
The following companies and institutions have joined the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture: