Tuesday, 06 December 2011 08:20
Brazil denies that the Forest Code will affect climate targets FeaturedWritten by Flávia Moraes Moraes
At a press conference, Andre Correa Lago, the ambassador and principal negotiator for Brazil at the COP17, claimed that the new Forest Code would not affect goals for reducing deforestation.
He added that because the voting over the Code had legitimacy, it was not affecting Brazil's image at the Durban negotiations. "There is incomplete information about the debate over the Forest Code, as the other countries know. The relationship with them has been trouble-free. This is occurring within an effort to strengthen institutions. There are various divergent interests within the government, something we see in all countries," he argued. The ambassador also reaffirmed Brazil's position on the need for developed countries to commit to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions with the hope of there being a second phase to the Kyoto Protocol. "We are very different. Some countries have the ability to act and implement projects, others do not. When each country presented its targets here at the COP17 there were large differences between the members of the G-77 + China in the focus and types of action each intended to pursue," he explained. He also emphasized that the developing countries had never been so divided, with representatives from the Alliance of Small Island States wanting more ambitious goals and a second commitment phase that lasts from 2012 until 2017, something Brazil and China do not agree with. With regards to Brazil's international commitments, Lago claimed that the country was doing even more than had been expected. He pointed out the importance of the negotiations at the COP17 for stimulating debate within Brazil. "In order to combat climate change we will need a consensus between all sectors. The best results will come when the country realizes that this has to be an internal debate, with an awareness of the costs of implementing projects," he said. After the Brazilian press conference, representatives of the Japanese government gave an interview. The topic was: "Why does Japan not wish to participate in the second phase of Kyoto?" The negotiators responded that the country was not in a position to take on commitments, but that it would continue with voluntary projects to reduce emissions. Thanks to Emily Kirkland, Brown University, for her help translating this article.
Published in International Climate Negotiations
Flávia Moraes é repórter especial de Clima e Energia no site ((o)) Eco. Graduada em Jornalismo, hoje estuda Geografia e pesquisa sobre mudanças climáticas na Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, no Brasil.