Jane in Copenhagen, Emphasizes Communities' Importance

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Jane Goodall will present a JGI pilot project using Google technology that enables Ugandan and Tanzanian communities to provide forest monitoring data – a critical component of forest protection efforts intended to help address climate change.

Jane will appear at a number of events in Copenhagen during which she will stress that local communities must be an integral part of carbon release abatement efforts focused on protecting tropical forests. Destruction of tropical forests is a major contributor to global warming.

“Any agreement reached at Copenhagen should include direct funding to local communities to assist in protecting carbon-rich forests,” Jane said. This support, she explained, can be achieved through the REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) financing mechanism to the benefit of both local communities and the goal of REDD to provide long-term protection of forests.
 
She and JGI’s director of conservation science, Lilian Pintea, also will demonstrate a pilot project in which local people in Uganda and Tanzania will use Google mobile and web-based mapping technologies to provide accurate and timely forest monitoring data. This data is essential to meeting REDD’s goals.
 
The “South-South partnership” involves the local communities, JGI, the Surui Carbon project in Rondonia, Brazil along with Google.org, Google Earth Outreach, ACT Brazil, Forest Trends and the Woods Hole Research Center.
 
The participating communities in South America and Africa will exchange experiences and find ways to mutually support ongoing carbon/REDD project development efforts in their areas.
 
Dr. Goodall will elaborate on the project at her first public appearance in Copenhagen on Saturday, December 12. She’s scheduled to present closing remarks titled Making REDD Work for Communities and Conservation at a Forest Trends/FAN event, “Indigenous and Community Engagement in REDD.”
 
On Wednesday, December 16, Jane will take part in a panel discussion at a conference hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners called “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation: Opportunities for U.S. Initiatives in Support of a Global Framework.” The panel, titled “International Leaders and Innovators on Forests and Climate,” will be moderated by author and journalist Thomas Friedman. Other participants include Sir Richard Branson; Wangari Maathai; the Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Honorable Jens Stoltenberg, prime minister of Norway.
 
Later that evening, Dr. Goodall will attend a Support REDD Event, which is being hosted by four rainforest nation heads of state, including:
  • Rt. Hon. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea;
  • His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana;
  • His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon; and
  • His Excellency Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Co-hosts of this event include Maya Lin’s What is Missing? Foundation, the UN Environment Programme, the Coalition of Rainforest Nations and Google Earth Outreach. During the event, the What is Missing? Foundation will present Jane with a grant to support our REDD-related habitat and wildlife conservation work in Tanzania. Dr. Goodall will also present the South-South pilot project.
 

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