World Rainforest Movement

News from the International Secretariat

Ricardo Carrere participated in the Africa Workshop of the Joint Initiative to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation held in Accra, Ghana, from 26 to 30 October. The case studies presented at the workshop will be shortly available in our web site, where we have already included some of the studies presented in other regional processes, such as Latin America, North America and Western Europe.

He also took part in the meeting of the Global Secretariat of the above initiative with the regional focal points, held in Buenos Aires (6-11 November), parallel to the Climate Change Convention’s COP4. The aim of the meeting was to make the final preparations of the Global Workshop which will be held in Costa Rica next January 18-22. The International Coordinator of the WRM also participated as panelist in a conference organized by Sobrevivencia (Paraguay) on November 6 at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, on the issue of the impacts of large-scale tree plantations.

Alvaro González, member of the International Secretariat of the WRM, attended the XI Global Biodiversity Forum held in Buenos Aires, from 6 to 8 November, organized by IUCN. The aim of the meeting was to strengthen the links between climate change and biodiversity issues. At the “Climate Change, Forests and Biodiversity” workshop, several presentations were made and an interesting discussion took place on CDM and LUCF, including the controversial issues of measurements of carbon storage and plantations as carbon sinks.

Ricardo Carrere and Alvaro González were also present during part of COP4. The WRM Statement to COP4 (see WRM Bulletin nr 16) was distributed among observers and participants of the event.