Dimas calls for biodiversity agreement at Copenhagen

EU environment commissioner Stavros Dimas called for an agreement on reducing tropical deforestation at next month’s Copenhagen climate conference on Friday, to halt the world's "sixth great extinction".

Mr Dimas was presenting a report in Brussels from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, which outlines the economic value of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss.

The report underlines that tropical forests act as natural carbon sinks and deforestation is responsible for 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions – more than all forms of transport combined. The EU has been pushing for an agreement on a mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Deregulation (REDD) as part of a Copenhagen deal.

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