Matt Leggett from the Global Canopy Programme explains that current evidence indicates we cannot rely solely upon REDD+ and the UNFCCC process to combat deforestation.
Michelle Kovacevic from ForestsClimateChange.org explains that there is still much work to be done if an agreement on REDD+ emissions verification is to be reached in time for the new 2015 climate treaty.
Caspar Verwer from IUCN in the Netherlands and Jay Mistry from the Royal Holloway University in the UK remind us that local communities and traditional knowledge are clear ways to increase the potential success of REDD+ and other climate change-related programmes.
Brighter Green’s Lauren Berger stresses the urgent need to address the role of industrial animal agriculture in deforestation and the impact it is having on climate change.
Representatives from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Taskforce suggest that leadership from sub-national jurisdictions is the greatest hope for REDD+ and immediate reductions of land-use based emissions in the tropics.
CIFOR’s Daniel Murdiyarso and Boone Kauffman from Oregon State University emphasise the key role tropical peatlands and mangroves play in both limiting climate change and coping with its effects.
Media professional Keshav Chaturvedi, from India, explains why agriculture should be the centrepiece of a new agreement on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Leibniz University of Hannover’s Nidhi Nagabhatla suggests that action on agriculture- and forest-related climate issues could be strenghtened by creating a global sustainable development goal on landscapes.
COP 19 participants from the Youth News Agency, Italy, provide reflections on the third day of the conference, discussing issues of participation, deforestation, and decision-making.