Context: Kyoto Protocol & Forests

The Rainforest Coalition seeks to highlight and correct the Kyoto Protocol’s specific exclusion of carbon trading markets for the purposes of reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries .

Developing Nations, while bearing the principle economic burden of preserving the Rainforests, have been purposefully barred from utilizing the growing carbon emissions markets toward this critical objective.

Conversely, Industrialized Nations largely deforested during previous generations, have structured the Kyoto Accord to effectively credit themselves for past errors by planting trees primarily within their collective borders.

In effect, the Industrialized Nations compensate themselves to replant while asking Developing Nations to conserve the remaining rainforests for free.

The science is clear – Rainforests absorb carbon emissions as a process of photosynthesis and thereby sequester carbon which is released into the atmosphere during deforestation. Furthermore, Biodiversity is often irreparably damaged during commercial logging operations. In summary, Rainforests contribute to global climate stability while underpinning our global ecosystem.

Within this context, the United Nations Framework Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the resulting Carbon Emission market systems may be considered logically and practically flawed related to Rainforest conservation and sustainable development.