Concept of “environmental security” guides Peru’s approach to COP

24 May 2014

In his keynote speech at the recent Forests Asia Summit, Peruvian environment minister and UNFCCC COP20 President calls for reframing the role of forests and landscapes in a new climate agreement. Forests and forested landscapes should not only be treated as means to an end based on their carbon mitigation services. He proposes looking at the environment as part of a larger security agenda in terms of water, food, energy and health security. In this way, environment, agriculture, defense and energy ministries would have to come together to define national and global priorities.

 

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