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GFLI Launch in Colombia & Peru

Colombia-COP-19

Barry Gardiner MP (GLOBE UK) welcomes delegation from GLOBE Colombia to COP19

Introduction

The third session held during the 2nd GLOBE International Forest Forum was dedicated to the Initiative newest member countries, Colombia and Peru.

Colombia and Peru are members of the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative since July 2013. They will be included in the 2nd edition of the Forest Legislation Study, to be published at the end of 2014. Legislators in these countries were present at the 2nd GIFF to present their experiences and plans for REDD/forest legislation during the coming 2 years.

GFLI Engagement in 2014 & Key REDD+ Legislation Challenges/Opportunities were discussed by a panel integrated by Congressman Alfredo Molina from Colombia, Congresswoman Carmen Omonte from Peru and Mr Gustavo Suarez de Freitas, Director of the National Programme of Forest Conservation at the Ministry of Environment of Peru.

Summary

Congressman Alfredo Molina communicated a message from the Congress of Colombia announcing its willingness to work with GLOBE International to build a process of exchange of knowledge and experiences to make sustainable development possible. 

Congressman Molina also announced Colombia's intention to pass new climate change legislation in 2014, and thanked GLOBE International for its work in Colombia to support this objective. He also commended the International Forest Forum and expressed his appreciation of the opportunity to share experiences of REDD+ and forest legislation with legislators from other forested countries. He also identified opportunities for expansion of GLOBE's work in additional South American countries.

Congresswoman Carmen Omonte, Vice President of the Peruvian Congress, highlighted the urgency of acting to prevent and adapt to climate change in Peru given the vulnerability of its people and natural resources. She particularly pointed to the need for additional forest legislation, and highlighted the new partnership with GLOBE as a way to achieve legislative reform. 

She presented a work plan for 2014, which included:

  • Presentation of forest legislation proposals that allow the protection of the environment and biodiversity, respecting the provisions of the UNFCCC.
  • Assessing climate change policies that have national and sub-national components.
  • Supporting and engaging in preparations of the COP20 to be held in 2014.
  • Validation by the government of the national plan for adaptation and mitigation, the regulations for payment of environmental services in the conservation of forests and establish the parameters for the inventory of GHG emissions, as well as the implementation of REDD mechanisms in the country.
  • Colombia and Peru also require legislation reform on land tenure and benefit sharing, in addition to work on natural capital.

Congresswoman Omonte ended by inviting participants of the GIFF to COP20 in Lima, Peru in 2014.

Mr Gustavo Suarez de Freitas of the Ministry of Environment in Peru gave a presentation which shed light on the difficulties of dealing with REDD+ and forest legislation in Peru given the general lack of interest in forestry as an issue of national concern. He however pointed out that deforestation is closely interlinked with poverty and that the two must be tackled jointly in order to succeed. His presentation also identified important provisions in the existing Forest Law of Peru which will be essential in the implementation of REDD, including on carbon tenure and recognizing the services provided by forest ecosystems. He recognized that while these are not sufficient to implement REDD, they are a good start to build further legislative reforms upon.