Norway’s contribution to the efforts against deforestation will be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali.
"Early action to prevent global warming is much more effective than action at a later stage. Steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are therefore urgently required," said Mr. Stoltenberg.
"An initiative in this area in the next few years can bring about substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions while the world is seeking to put in place a new, more comprehensive agreement on climate change," explained Mr. Solheim.
At present, deforestation in developing countries is releasing carbon dioxide corresponding to about 20% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing deforestation is of crucial importance not only in relation to climate change, but also in order to maintain biodiversity and safeguard people’s livelihoods.
Norway advocates the inclusion of commitments to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries in a global climate change regime for the period after 2012. This will be important as a means of achieving the target Norway has adopted, which is to limit the average rise in global temperature to no more than 2°C. Norway will work towards agreement on such a regime in Copenhagen in 2009.
Norway has already decided to strengthen its Kyoto commitment, and Norwegian support for efforts to prevent deforestation in developing countries will come in addition to this. Emissions from deforestation are not currently regulated under the Climate Change Convention or the Kyoto Protocol. Nor can projects to prevent deforestation be used to acquire emission credits under the Clean Development Mechanism.