World Rainforest Movement

News from the International Secretariat

WRM’s International Coordinator participated as part of the Global Secretariat at meetings held in Geneva (20-25 August) of the Joint Initiative to Address the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation. He was also present during part of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests meeting held at the same time in Geneva. The Montevideo Declaration on Plantations and an analysis of the issue of plantations within the context of the Proposals for Action of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (see WRM Bulletin 14) were distributed at the meeting in English and Spanish. Stuart Wilson –from Forests Monitor– made a presentation on “High Stakes”, produced jointly by his organization and WRM.

Invited by Both Ends, Alvaro González of the International Secretariat of the WRM, participated in a workshop on Cooperation Policy of The Netherlands related to Climate Change, that took place in The Hague from 9 to 15 September. The aim of the organizers was to generate inputs for Dutch NGOs to negotiate the position of that country for COP-4, which will take place in Buenos Aires next November. Among other topics, the issue of forest conservation and plantation projects in the framework of Joint Implementation was discussed.