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CBD Executive Secretary Outlines Benefits of REDD Initiatives

Message of the Executive Secretary Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf 14 July 2008: On the occasion of the

Technical Workshop on Protected Areas in the Amazon, which took place from 14-16 July 2008 in Amacayacú National Park,

Colombia, the

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, outlined the benefits of reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiatives.

The event was organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Latin–American Network of Protected

Areas (REDPARQUES) and IUCN, and aimed to promote a regional dialogue on the

implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas and identify

conservation priorities at sub-regional levels. Djoghlaf underscored the importance of conserving tropical rainforests and noted that REDD initiatives have the potential to make

the conservation and sustainable use of forests more economically viable than

deforestation. He listed some of the benefits of these initiatives, including

mitigating climate change and providing economic goods and services. He

concluded by welcoming the inclusion of a reference to the 2010 biodiversity

target and REDD in this year's G8 summit Declaration and the CBD's Ninth

Conference of the Parties. [Ahmed Djoghlaf's speech