• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Central American countries pledge to protect remaining forests to fight climate change

According to reports, COP25, the UN climate negotiations that concluded in Madrid, Spain last week, did not yield any progress in terms of more ambitious emissions reduction pledges.

But there was at least one bold new commitment to report on: The governments of all eight members of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD) — Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama — presented an ambitious regional climate action plan, known as the “5 Great Forests Initiative,” that includes a pledge to protect Mesoamerica’s remaining intact forests as a natural solution to the global climate crisis.

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