320 million hectares of land in North America offer opportunities for
LONDON, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Ahead of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, campaign
ambassador Bianca Jagger, the International Union for Conservation of
Nature (IUCN) and Airbus launched today "Plant a Pledge" - a campaign to mobilise support for the largest restoration
initiative in history.
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The 150 million hectare target is known as the Bonn Challenge, after
ministers and CEOs met last year to issue an urgent rallying cry to the
"IUCN's latest research now shows that restoring 150 million hectares of
degraded and deforested land by 2020 would see over US$84 billion net
injected annually into local and global economies and cut the climate
change "emissions reduction gap" by 11-17%.", says Stewart Maginnis,
Director, of IUCN's Nature-Based Solutions Group. "It will make
significant contributions to the global challenges we face today,
alleviating poverty, slowing global warming and securing food."
The campaign calls on individuals around the world to Plant a Pledge of support through the campaign website - which will become a global
petition delivered at the 2012 UN climate change talks in Qatar.
Each online pledge asks governments, private landowners and communities
who manage lands to commit areas for restoration in order to achieve
the Bonn Challenge by 2020.
The Global Partnership for Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), who
along with the German government hosted the original Bonn Challenge
meeting, recently identified two billion hectares of land worldwide -
an area the size of South America - as offering opportunities for
forest landscape restoration. Repairing landscapes would restore their
ability to support people and wildlife and would significantly increase
global capacity to process greenhouse gases, according to IUCN.
"Improving fuel efficiency is at the heart of our business and we have
reduced emissions by 70% in the last 40 years. Aviation today
represents 2% of manmade emissions and we are continuing to improve the
efficiency of our industry to reduce this, having invested over two
billion Euros in environmental research and development, this year
alone. The partnership with the IUCN reflects our commitment to support
those tackling the other 98 percent," says Andrea Debbané, Airbus Vice
President of Environment Affairs. "Landscape restoration reduces net
emissions by increasing carbon storage and is a practical, sustainable
solution to many issues facing the planet, people and the economy".
"For over thirty years I have campaigned for human rights and
environmental protection. These issues may seem unrelated, but their
causes, and their solutions, are interconnected", said Bianca Jagger,
campaign ambassador, and Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human
Rights Foundation. "With Plant a Pledge we can take concrete steps towards restoring the landscape and repair
the damage to human lives and natural resources. Achieving the Bonn
Challenge target - will improve lives, the economy and the planet and
will offer solutions to the impending climate crisis. Pledge at http://www.plantapledge.com and help push land restoration to the top of the political agenda."
"Landscape restoration is so much more than just planting trees", says
Carole Saint-Laurent, IUCN's Senior Policy Officer for Forest Landscape
Restoration. "A restored landscape allows for different land uses to
coexist: from agriculture to areas managed for the protection of water
supplies. The goal is to revitalise landscapes so that they can meet
the needs of both people and nature, sustainably."
For further information visit: http://www.plantapledge.com or http://www.iucn.org or http://www.airbus.com/en/presscentre
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