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Join the Forests 4 Climate Network
If you are interested in joining the Forests 4 Climate Network, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in reducing deforestation by taking these four steps:
- Establish an aggressive program for reducing deforestation and forest degradation
- Empower local communities by fully engaging all stakeholders and adopting the REDD+ social and environmental safeguards
- Map and monitor forests
- Develop an accounting system that can allow California to support these efforts through cap and trade (see ROW Recommendations)
The Forests 4 Climate Network consists of several nonprofit organizations working together to fight one of the world’s worst climate change problems: deforestation. Through REDD+, these organizations believe jurisdictions across the world can limit greenhouse gas emissions by saving and regenerating forests.
Forests 4 Climate Principles
Members of the Forests 4 Climate (F4C) Network endorse these principles:
- Reducing carbon pollution from poor management of tropical forests and sustaining their power to absorb more carbon – is one of the most immediate and cost-effective ways to fight climate change.
- Implementing solutions to keep global climate change to a minimum are essential to safeguard vulnerable communities in California and around the world, because they are likely to be affected first and worst by its impacts.
- Any effective effort to tackle climate change must include mechanisms to reduce tropical deforestation and forest degradation while increasing carbon stored in trees and plants.
- Tropical forests provide important benefits to people everywhere including California.We believe that because of the size of its economy and its position as a global leader on climate change, action taken in California has impact within the state and globally.
- They provide clean air; they are the source of much of California’s water; their forests produce vital medicine, they are home to rare plants and animals.
- Tropical forests also provide food, fiber, and livelihoods to indigenous and disadvantaged communities as well as for other local residents.
- California understands the importance of its role as a global climate leader and has agreements to collaborate with many governments beyond its borders including China, Portugal, Peru, Quebec and British Columbia Canada, and tropical forests states in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and Peru.
- California should include tropical forest protection in its AB 32 Climate Change regulatory program:
- to conserve tropical forests and protect its air, water, and public health
- to reduce costs to California ratepayers and regulated businesses
- to help alleviate poverty in forest communities through low-carbon economic development
- to lead by example and catalyze action by others to reduce deforestation
- to demonstrate successful implementation of the safeguards for indigenous peoples and other local communities that are included in the UN international REDD+ program
- to enhance the UN climate treaty under development by building support for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).
Elements of REDD
Jurisdictional REDD+ is designed to operate across entire nations, states or provinces, covering an entire sector of emissions from forests. Below is our recommended checklist on adopting a jurisdictional REDD+ program:
PARTNER JURISDICTION CHECKLIST
- Jurisdictional accounting with a reference level based on a 10-year average of annual emissions chosen from between 1995-2010
- Measuring and monitoring both deforestation and forest degradation, with uncertainty levels that meet California’s minimum standards
- Functioning comprehensive registry system for reporting and verifying forest carbon emissions and reductions
- Demonstrated voluntary effort in reducing emissions (uncredited emissions reductions)
- Framework for measuring and mitigating interstate leakage
- Mechanism(s) for managing performance reversals
- Legal infrastructure to clarify what entities can own emissions reductions
- Strong social and environmental safeguards that meet global best practice standards, including a robust grievance mechanism