Dr. Goodall Speaks at Climate Change Conference
On December 7, 2011, Dr. Jane Goodall spoke at a high-level event at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa. “Advancing Public-Private Partnerships for REDD+ and Green Growth,” sponsored by Avoided Deforestation Partners, highlighted solutions that support economic growth through practices that benefit farmers and strengthen local communities while conserving valuable ecosystems, including forests.
Dr. Goodall’s Message
During her address, Dr. Goodall described some of the greatest threats to forests, including the timber and mining industries and the clearing of forests for agricultural land. In addition, she discussed how local people lacking basic needs are often compelled to rely on forests in unsustainable ways, such as by harvesting trees to sell as charcoal. “There’s no way we can save the chimpanzees or the forests when people are struggling to survive,” said Dr. Goodall. She described how the Jane Goodall Institute’s work to help local communities improve their health, education, and economic livelihoods is the only way to achieve sustainable protection of forest habitat.
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