Check Out Jane’s Message at the Cancun Climate Conference:
In the final days of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Dr. Jane Goodall joined the audience via a video message at an event titled “Advancing REDD+: New Pathways and Partnerships,” hosted by Avoided Deforestation Partners. Dr. Goodall emphasized the importance of tropical forests in slowing climate change and preserving the diversity of species.
How to engage the world in the long-term protection of tropical forests, which store massive amounts of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas that causes climate change, was a key focus at Cancun. The program under discussion, called “REDD+,” is an expanded version of its pre-cursor “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.” In order to increase the amount of carbon stored in forests, REDD+ also incorporates activities to protect forest species and help local communities improve forest management.
Dr. Goodall and others pointed out that species living in the forest depend upon this habitat for survival. At the same time, the long-term survival of the forests depends upon the diverse species found there. The complex web of life in forests provides services, such as seed dispersal, that support the proper functioning and survival of the forest itself.
Dr. Goodall’s video message was accompanied by similar remarks from several other distinguished speakers, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania, is implementing a pilot project aimed at building REDD Readiness in western Tanzania. While helping local people develop improved livelihoods that prevent the destruction of the forests, the project is slated to protect thousands of acres of native forests that are home to an estimated 600 to 1,000 chimpanzees. Already, the project is helping to inform national and international REDD+ strategies. JGI, in collaboration with partners, is also initiating a REDD Readiness project in western Uganda.