Forests and REDD+ recognized as key components of landmark climate deal agreed in Paris

A landmark climate deal has been agreed to by representatives of 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the agreement, forests are featured as key to climate change mitigation, and REDD+ is explicitly recognized as an instrument to contribute to reducing emissions and enhancing carbon sinks. Additionally, previous COP decisions on the framework to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) were reaffirmed.

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