The COP20 and the efforts to save the Amazonia

From December 1st to 12th, Lima will be hosting the global climate summit (COP20). This scoping meeting and global significance may not produce a climate treaty, but it seeks to create a movement that influences the decisions of the UN regarding the actions taking on global warming.

In the last years there have been several regional and local climate initiatives with the vision of a sustainable future. Between them there is the People’s Climate March, which attracted 400.000 thousand people to the main streets of New York to fight for the conservation of the environment. It is known that only 20 nations emit 80 per cent of the world’s GHGs and it is important that these countries take responsibly negative effects in the medium and long term.

The latest IPCC report and the UN Climate Summit, highlight forestry and agriculture as major contributors to global warming, although emissions have declined recently. Also the deforestation of the Amazon in Latin America has increased from 29 percent last year to 190 percent this year. This is very worrying for the Amazon rainforests around the world and humanity in general.

An urgent objective is to end deforestation through voluntary actions of companies and enforcing laws and agreements, seeking always to satisfy the needs of the increasing world population without destroying the forests. In this context, increasing the performance of existing farmland, restore degraded forest lands and care becomes urgent and necessary.

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Source: COP20 Lima

According to Jef Hayward, director of climate program of the Rainforest Alliance´s, global warming not only forces people to leave their homes in coastal flood areas, but also it is displacing small farmers, community foresters and others whose livelihoods depend on land. Therefore it is essential for world leaders climate goals align with food production and sustainable livelihoods in this COP20.

Inkanatura Travel tourist packages, allow visitors to explore the peruvian jungle and its wonders, as well as support the local conservation programs in: Manu Wildlife Center or the Cock of the Rock Lodge in Manu National Park.

Source:  The frog blog

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