Jeff Hayward, Director of the Climate Programme at the Rainforest Alliance, responds to the deal achieved at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.
This is a solid decision and very balanced, even if it doesn’t get as deep into the commitments on emissions cuts or resolve the limbo of the Kyoto Protocol. But as far as REDD goes, we got nearly all that we could have expected. This also does a lot to restore the importance of multi-lateralism and the UN. But this is only the beginning and now it is time to turn our attention to South Africa and securing a deal that will deliver the real emission reductions needed.