Governors Sign International Agreement to Reduce Forest-Sector Emissions

On November 18, 2008, governors from the United States, Brazil, and Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. The MOU was signed by governors from the states of California, Illinois, and Wisconsin in the United States; the states of Amazonas, Amapa, Mato Grosso, and Para in Brazil; and the provinces of Aceh and Papua in Indonesia. The MOU states that the governors will consider forest-sector emissions reductions and forest sequestration in climate programs and agreements, including the Western Climate Initiative, the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and California’s climate plan as set forward in A.B. 32. Various levels of cooperation between the signatories are proposed, such as joint financing for research and projects, technology transfer and capacity building, and information transfer and education between parties. Parties will develop a joint action plan for the implementation of these strategies by early 2009 and will meet periodically to monitor progress on the initiatives.   

Press Release
A.B. 32
Agricultural & Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies
Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries
Forests & Global Climate Change: Potential Impacts on U.S. Forest Resources
Land Use & Global Climate Change: Forests, Land Management, and the Kyoto Protocol
The Cost of U.S. Forest-based Carbon Sequestration