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Cancun climate talks expected to answer key issues

Cancun climate talks expected to provide answers to some key issues
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One of those key issues, that was advanced at last years Climate Change Conference, was the REDD initiative.The program provides incentives to developing countries who take actions to reduce deforestation.Japan, a co-chair of the initiative, explains the challenges arise when putting together a helpful action plan for such varied regions.

Hiroki Miyazono, Japan Int'l Cooperation Agency, said, "Asia is normally more densely populated region compared to other regions in Latin America and Africa there are a lot of people living near the forest or in the forest and the forest is a very important source of income for the people."

The Conflicts become more evident as nations with completely different development and energy needs are forced agree on one solid global treaty that works for everyone.Some feel achievements can come more easily when similar countries unite with a plan to battle their needs on a global stage.

Agastya Muthama, NGO, said, The thing is, every country is so different especially when you are looking at an area as big as Asia. Every country has its own goals, its own growth patterns. Right now we just walked out of the Japanese side event and they have been working on a bilateral transfer of REDD money. They have been doing things like giving projects to small reforestation in Indonesia or Brazil.But we need that on an international level and a framework for that."

The solution proposed by Japanese negotiators with REDD is to combine initiatives at the international, national and grass roots levels.

Hiroki Miyazono, Japan Int'l Cooperation Agency, said, "We have to go both ways with a global cooperation and a regional cooperation. Because there is no one fit for all of these."

The delegates are all united in their belief that something needs to be done to help the environment.The question is: to what scale and through what programs? The expectation is that Cancun provides the answers to these smaller issues, thus setting an important stepping-stone in achieving a broader international agreement on climate change next year.


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