Negotiators in Copenhagen are working on deals to compensate countries for preserving forests. Forests are essential to combating climate change because they are able to efficiently capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
With climate change activist eager to ratify a global climate treaty, forest preservation could be the most significant achievement to come out of the Copenhagen climate talks. A final draft of the compensation program REDD, Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation, will be submitted to ministers of nearly 200 countries in an effort to hammer out a framework for the treaty on Wednesday.
Prince Charles sums up the program well by saying “It seems the quickest and most cost-effective way to buy time in the battle against catastrophic climate change is to find a way to make the trees worth more alive than dead.” Much progress is left to be made but this is a good place to start.