Experts say a possible fix for this so-called international leakage is to spread the use of REDD. If more countries are able to cash in on their forests by protecting them and selling carbon credits, they are less likely to be lured astray by loggers.
With that in mind, Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, recently began coordinating countries in the Lower Mekong Basin, where similar types of forests grow, to share their lessons learned. Luke Pritchard, adviser for the program, said the idea is to avoid "reinventing the wheel" and to help these countries adapt REDD faster so more forests can be saved in a shorter time.
"There is a greater sense of emergency now with climate change," Pritchard said. "When we look at 12 to 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions coming from this sector, there is no way that we can have a comprehensive climate change strategy unless forests play an integral role on that."
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