Peru’s Ministry for the Environment (MINAM) officially created its National Programme for the Conservation of Forests for the Mitigation of Climate Change on July 15th
“This is great news since, after Brazil, Peru is responsible for more of the Amazon rainforest than any other South American nation, and – with 72 million hectares of forest – it owns the fourth biggest area of tropical forest in the world,”
Matthew Owen, Director of UK Charity Cool Earth
Peru has also been identified as one of the countries most vulnerable to biodiversity loss from climate change. This is partly because Peru has such an amazing wealth of biodiversity, particularly in its rainforest regions, but also due to a perceived trend towards an expanding agricultural frontier higher up into the cloud forest areas of the Andean foothills. As climate changes, higher altitudes become appropriate for cops previously unsuitable. This incentivises the clearing of upper montane forests, some of which contain massive stands of cedar and other valuable trees in pristine climax conditions.
Although the creation of its National Programme for the Conservation of Forests for the Mitigation of Climate Change was expected and follows up on years of preparatory work, this announcement from the Peruvian government is further proof of its commitment to the UN’s international and national level framework development for REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).