Latin America Forest News Updates — November/December 2011

29 December 2011

Periodically we are reviewing the most relevant news articles on forests and climate change in Latin America and the Amazon region. Latin America news digests are compiled by  Gabriela Ramirez GalindoRegional Communications Officer for CIFOR’s Latin America office.

Negotiators from Latin America at the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, came back to their countries with mixed perceptions and results. Brazil, Argentina and Colombia supported the second period of the Kyoto Protocol, although a condition was attached to their support, namely that a new climate agreement is reached by 2015 and start effectively in 2020. Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica agreed and committed to voluntarily reduce their emissions, while members of Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, or Alba, particularly Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua criticized the negotiations for favoring developed countries, reported El Nacional from Venezuela. In next year’s negotiations, it will become clear if the Latin American countries will have to sign an international treaty to reduce their emissions for 2020.