Congo Summit to Produce Formal Forest and Climate Agreement

Rainforests in Borneo
Kalyan Varma
Congo, Amazon and Borneo-Mekong form the world’s three largest tropical rainforest basins.

A formal agreement for future discussions on forest and climate issues is expected to be hammered out by representatives from more than 35 tropical countries when they meet in Congo from May 31 to Jun 3, 2011. In celebration of the International Year of Forests 2011, more than 500 delegates will attend including representatives from countries that hold 80% of the world’s rainforests. The objective of the summit is to ensure sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation. To achieve this, the summit aims to establish a formal agreement between the three critical tropical forest basins — Congo, Amazon and Borneo-Mekong — which will encourage them to share conservation strategies. This will be fed into future Climate Agreements in Durban, South Africa (COP, 17) and the Rio+20 summit in Brazil.

Read related press releases: Wildlife Conservation Society, and United Nations.

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