Global climate talks include effort to save forests
LE BOURGET, France – The climate deal being negotiated here is meant to begin a transformation of the world’s energy systems, but it has another goal that has received far less attention: a sweeping effort to save the world’s forests.
Dozens of countries put forests at the center of the plans they submitted ahead of the conference, near Paris. As the talks began, more than 60 heads of state emphasized their commitment to forest conservation.
If a deal is reached this week and the plans go into effect in 2020, these nations will have committed themselves to sharp cuts in deforestation, and in some cases to ending it entirely.