Colombia, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and other important forestry countries launched today a global challenge to form alliances which allow them to increase their climate ambitions. These nations committed themselves to quantifying additional areas for forest conservation and restoration of degraded lands, which can be assured through international alliances.

“While the world is looking for effective ways of increasing the degree of ambition of the new climate agreement, we must go beyond what every country can do on its own and see how much more is possible if we work together”, said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, the Peruvian Minister of the Environment. “In the next few months, we will demonstrate how we can achieve additional emission reductions through alliances and measures complementing the national commitments”, he added.

This announcement was made during an event called “Delivering on the NY Declaration on Forests: Perspectives from its Constituencies” convened by Peru with the objective of transmitting what states, indigenous peoples, companies and NGOs participating in the New York Declaration on Forests have been doing to achieve substantial progress in the reduction of deforestation. Quick and sustainable results are fundamental to face the serious challenge of climate change. “For this purpose, we need alliances between all stakeholders so we can achieve changes in public policies and obtain the financial resources and technical capacities which will allow for transformational changes with a landscape management vision”, explained Gustavo Suárez de Freitas, coordinator of the Forest Program of the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM).

The strong and clear message of this event is the commitment of the REDD+ countries to contribute to the reduction of emissions in a context of alliances between REDD+ countries and donors, the private sector and indigenous peoples.
“We are committed to making significant efforts to implement large-scale mitigation action and choosing a low-carbon development route”, said the countries in their joint declaration which defines the Lima Challenge.

“The leadership the forestry countries demonstrated today is good for the economy. The private sector has shown its willingness to lead this effort, now we need concrete governmental reforms to be able to reach zero-deforestation policies and an ambitious climate agreement which includes REDD+”, affirmed Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever. “Today’s announcement is a first critical step towards a system of international, large-scale REDD+ actions which support the transformation towards a prosperous and sustainable land use in development countries”, he concluded.

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