UNEP-WCMC Releases Carbon and Biodiversity Atlas

5 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme –

World Conservation

Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced the Carbon and Biodiversity Demonstration Atlas, which highlights areas

where high carbon content and high biodiversity overlap, illustrating that

reducing emissions from deforestation can combat climate change and

biodiversity loss.

Speaking about the release of the atlas, Achim

Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, compared the protection of biodiversity with

other efforts to capture carbon, and stated that “the biggest and widest

returns may come from investing in and enhancing natural carbon capture and

storage systems.” [The Atlas] [UNEP

Press Release]