Prey Long REDD film

Swamp Forest of Prey Long

Swamp Forest of Prey Long

There’s not been much work in the field of late and I am pretty much stuck behind a computer trying to finish a film on reducing Global Warming through the use of REDD projects. Having said that it is the height of the rainy season here so the jungle is not the best place to be right now. I must confess this is by far the most challenging project I have attempted. For those of you who do not know, REDD stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

This film will be shown to people at the climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, which is why I am a little nervous about getting it right. For me as an ardent environmentalist this film is very important and could directly effect policy makers by raising awareness of this important issue.

Forest being cleared for farming

There are many new technologies being developed such as solar and wind power, environmentally-friendly fuels and even your cup of eco-friendly coffee could be helping to reduce emissions.

However…

When you consider that the emissions caused by deforestation in developing countries now accounts for some 20% of the total global emissions of greenhouse gases each year; you begin to realise that there are other vital issues that need to be addressed.

Asia’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate; when compared to the other major forested areas of our planet, in Africa and South America. The region’s primary forests have already been reduced to a patchwork of small areas and as a result a great many species are under threat.

Huge spider with it's web across the entire path

Huge spider with it's web across the entire path

Obviously it’s not a good idea for us to continue cutting down the planets forests at the current rate. The problem is that developing countries are exactly that, they’re developing. They need to use their natural resources to grow as nations. As most of the developed countries destroyed their own forests in the name of progress, it is only natural to expect poorer nations to do the same… unless they can be offered an alternative.

This is where REDD comes in.

Through REDD, countries like Cambodia that still have large areas of forest remaining can earn money by protecting these resources rather than exploiting them, which also increases global warming. REDD works by providing carbon credits to the ever expanding Carbon Markets and in return protects areas of forest that are of particular interest of biodiversity, socioeconomic development and helps to reduce global emissions.

REDD is a very simple idea but incredibly complicated to implement so I won’t bore you all with details here. Should anyone be interested in finding out more about REDD you can go to the web site of the Center for International Forestry Research.

http://www.cifor.cgiar.org


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About Allan Michaud

English Wildlife Photographer/Environmental Filmmaker based in Cambodia
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