Protecting the Climate Forests

The Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests – a bipartisan group of leaders from business, government, advocacy, conservation, global development, science and national security – released its report on October 7, 2009, calling on policymakers to make halving emissions from tropical deforestation by 2020 a cornerstone of the U.S. climate change response.

The report finds that unchecked tropical deforestation is a major threat to vital national interests; forest protections offer the most cost‐effective way to achieve fast, large‐scale reductions in CO2 emissions; and that U.S.‐led efforts to incentivize forest conservation, backed up by strong domestic policies to galvanize international action, would strengthen national security, reduce international instability, help alleviate global poverty, and conserve priceless biodiversity.