…. come with me brother and trade in carbon. Worry not about your ancient virgin forests for we can plant you a new one. Come Dance with Me, we call it CDM and we’ll sort it for free. Worry not, the World Bank, the UN and the white-man governments know what’s good for you. We need biofuels you see. Climate change is here, we have the answers, all you need do is believe.
The focus of this year’s UNFCCC, held in Nairobi, Kenya was the CDM-the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism-which is in essence designed to enable rich countries to avoid emissions reductions by funding so-called “clean development,” or emissions reductions in poor countries.
African lobby groups, headed by Climate Africa, condemned the inaction of industrialized countries stating, “We are concerned that the developed countries are not keen to take drastic action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.” Adding, “Instead they are singly and collectively increasing their greenhouse gas emissions.”
During a side event on avoiding deforestation hosted by the European Union, Ministers and UN representatives spoke at length about the importance of ending logging in native forests as a means to limiting the impacts of global warming. The solution, they concluded, was to create a huge fund to give developing countries incentives to protect their forests, which would
be facilitated by assigning standing forests a dollar value for their
so-called “ecosystem services”.
While the information presented on the importance of standing forests for the climate and biodiversity was extensive, the lack of information on the forces driving deforestation was glaring. The presenters ignored the financial pressures forcing countries to log their forests, leaving the impression that poor countries cut their trees because they have nothing better to do.
There was no mention of structural adjustment conditions imposed by the World Bank and IMF that force poor countries to sell off their natural resources at rock-bottom prices to repay development loans. There was likewise nothing said about the continually escalating demand for wood products from Northern countries, much of which winds up in landfills as disposable packaging, junk mail or advertising.
Source: part of an article, ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Fiddles While the Earth Burns’, by Anne Petermann, Co-Director of Global Justice Ecology Project.