The Democratic Republic of Congo, through the REDD Climate Working Group, contributed to the report "Approaching the Point of no return", the report of which was published at the 24th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP24). Katowice in Poland, said Guy Kajemba, Program Manager of the REDD Climate Change Working Group (Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Deforestation) and forest degradation - GTCRR), during an interview Sunday with ACP.

According to Mr. Guy Kajemba, the selected countries are part of the forest blocks that shelter the last large area of intact rainforest in the world including Brazil, Indonesia, and Colombia.

The GTCRR / DRC is honored to have brought to this document its touch and expertise for added value on the Nationally Determined Intended Contributions (NDCs), which will make it more competitive with Paris. Initiated by the Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), this study examined the climate plan of six tropical countries, submitted by those countries that intend to undertake the fight against climate change and project the prospects of their forests.

According to this new Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) report, none of the countries analyzed has planned to stop deforestation. Even if their climate targets are achieved in terms of reducing carbon emissions, they will continue to deforest, and the rate of deforestation should even increase.

For his part, RFN's political advisor, Torbjern Gjefsen, called on these countries to show responsibility and change course, as forests are a huge natural resource that brings many benefits. However, he lamented, "if deforestation continues in the current way, it will lead to catastrophic climate change to the detriment of the entire planet".

Mr Torbjorn Gjefsen then recognized that the preparation of this report has been a long process and that the contributions of both parties have been very important in order to achieve a satisfactory result. He was pleased to see that the excellent contributions of the experts explained the trends and obstacles related to forest protection in their respective countries.


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