Canadian company brings climate change expertise to New York

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Canadian pioneers in the climate change
counter-offensive will join colleagues from around North America in New York
City today and tomorrow to help identify how to mitigate carbon emissions in
developing countries.
    Led by CEO Dr. Robert Falls, the Vancouver-based ERA Ecosystem
Restoration Associates Inc. (ESR: TSX-V) delegation will share their unique
and proven expertise on revitalizing degraded forest ecosystems with a
distinguished group of scientists, political leaders and activists.
    Two Nobel laureates; Al Gore, the former U.S. vice-president, and Wangari
Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, will be among those present at
the talks, which will focus on opportunities for "Reducing Emissions from
Deforestation and Degradation" - or "REDD" - in developing countries.
    ERA will bring their "truly green climate solution", an innovative system
that generates carbon offsets through ecosystem restoration, to the table.
This process combines tree planting and other land-restoration measures to
increase biodiversity, remove invasive species and restore water systems
without using taxpayer dollars, and has already been used to successfully
rejuvenate land in B.C.
    Dr. Kevin Knobloch, the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists
and Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, the 60-year-old humanitarian
organization, will also be on-hand for the discussion, which will address
issues such as carbon financial programming to support the protection of
forest ecosystems.
    Deforestation has accounted for about 20 per cent of annual global
greenhouse gas emissions, and the total carbon content in forests worldwide is
more than the amount of carbon in the entire atmosphere, according to the
United Nations.
    The objectives of the New York workshop are to engage an
interdisciplinary mix of experts to deepen the collective understanding of
this poignant climate change issue, underscore areas of consensus, and
identify topics where more research and analysis is needed.
    The two-day event will be moderated by newsman and broadcaster Dan Rather
and Stuart Eizenstat, who was integral in establishing the Kyoto Protocol in
1997 and also negotiated agreements with the Swiss, German, Austrian and
French governments to compensate Holocaust victims and their families.
    "The most viable way to remove large amounts of carbon from the
atmosphere is through the photosynthetic action of healthy forest ecosystems,"
said CEO Dr. Robert Falls, "ERA restores degraded forests and protects them
for the long term."

    For information on ERA, visit

    High resolution images, video and interviews with Dr. Falls available
upon request from Pamela Groberman Media & Public Relations Inc.

For further information:

For further information: Pamela Groberman Media and Public Relations
Inc.,, Phone: (604) 677-7474, Cell: (604) 644-1064

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