What COP26 breakthroughs on forests, finance and carbon markets mean for nature

World Agroforestry head Tony Simons weighs in on proceedings so far

A view of forests in Maluku, Indonesia, a country that joined more than 120 others at COP26 in pledging to halt deforestation by 2030, though internal concerns over conflicts with national development remain. Aris Sanjaya, CIFOR
4 November 2021
4 November 2021

Almost mid-way through COP26, the UN climate change summit in Glasgow, major commitments have been made to halt deforestation by 2030, reduce methane emissions substantially and increase climate finance by transformative amounts. Discussions among delegates also show progress on developing new mechanisms for carbon markets, acknowledging the importance of agricultural landscapes, and harnessing the incredible potential of natural landscapes and ecosystems for mitigating climate change. Here, World Agroforestry Director General Tony Simons weighs in on the summit’s negotiations and commitments so far.

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