(Arlington, Virginia, U.S.) -- Conservation International issued the following statement in response to the plan announced today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen resilience and lead international efforts to address a changing global climate.
Peter Seligmann, CEO and Chairman of Conservation
“President Obama made a strong case for urgent climate action and the
imperative for U.S. leadership in his speech today at Georgetown University. We
commend the President for putting the spotlight on this crucial
in more than 40 countries across the planet, Conservation International teams
have experienced the dramatic and demoralizing impact of radical shifts in
precipitation as well as extreme weather events on the security of nations and
communities. From the South Pacific to central Tanzania we have witnessed the
desperation of people trying to cope with unprecedented rises in sea level as
well as the total loss of food crops.
President’s Climate Action Plan highlights the importance of land and water
conservation measures to reduce the vulnerability of coastal and agricultural
communities to extreme weather events. We have already entered an age of
adaptation in which rising sea levels, severe droughts and floods, and
devastating storms are forcing us to rethink business as usual. Healthy, intact
ecosystems provide cost-effective buffers that can help societies adapt to the
impacts of a changing climate.
President emphasized the importance of private sector leadership, with examples
of major companies such as Walmart that have demonstrated how sustainable
practices can generate business value while contributing to climate solutions.
Another example of this is the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA 2020), a
public-private effort with ambitious goals to reduce agricultural deforestation
by creating markets for sustainably-produced commodities. Conservation
International is a new member of TFA 2020 and we hope that U.S. support for this
alliance will encourage businesses to adopt responsible commodity sourcing
practices and, ultimately, help to mobilize greater private and public financing
for climate solutions.
President’s plan wisely recognizes the vital role of forest conservation to
reduce and absorb carbon emissions. The cutting and burning of tropical forests,
combined with conversion of land to agricultural uses, accounts for
approximately one-third of global greenhouse gas releases to the atmosphere.
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation represents a
practical, immediate means to help mitigate climate change and should be a high
priority for U.S. investment.
it is encouraging to see the United States signaling visible leadership and
support for international climate action, particularly as progress toward a
global climate agreement has stalled. No nation can solve these challenges
alone, and cooperation will be essential.
U.S., a bipartisan approach and expanded public-private alliances are key
ingredients for success. Conservation International stands ready to work
together with the United States Government and its partners around the world to
deliver socially and environmentally-sound solutions that match the scale of the
threats. Our economy and national security depend on it as does the well-being
of people everywhere."
For more information, please contact:
Yakabe Malentaqui, Senior Media Manager, Conservation
(703) 341-2471 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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