Climate talks slow to agree on role of forests

UN climate negotiators have made little progress on new rules to account for the role of forests in achieving the goals of the Paris climate accord, but they have agreed to tackle agriculture

Negotiators at the ongoing UN climate talks have made little progress on new rules to account for the role of forests in achieving the goals of the Paris climate accord, but they have agreed to tackle agriculture.

The discussions on accounting rules for CO2 emissions and removals by forests have been slow to progress over the past two years since the Paris Agreement was negotiated.

Under its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol, land use and forest emissions were dealt with through separate rules for the developed countries in the form of reporting obligations on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), while the developing countries were offered incentivises to reduce deforestation (REDD+).

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