The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) relaunched the IAP Communique on Tropical Forests on Mar. 21, in celebration of the UN's International Day of Forests and raising awareness of tropical forest protection.
First released in 2009, the IAP Communique on Tropical Forests outlines a set of measures to protect forests and fight climate change in response to the ongoing global crisis surrounding deforestation and forest burning.
IAP released the Statement to bring attention to the fact that there can be no solution to the climate crisis without addressing deforestation. “Now – 10 years later – we are facing a situation of increasing rates of deforestation, as seen in recent reports of fires burning in the Amazon basin and elsewhere, so we have decided to make our voice heard again,” says IAP President Volker ter Meulen.
IAP, whose academy members constitute more than 30,000 leading scientists, engineers and health professionals in over 100 countries, takes a strong stance against deforestation.
IAP’s analysis outlines a set of evidence-based measures to save tropical forests: reducing fossil fuel use, understanding the causes of deforestation, applying our knowledge effectively, engaging the international community, and investing in both forest preservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
The InterAcademy Partnership was formally launched in South Africa in March 2016, bringing together three established networks of academies of science, medicine and engineering. IAP has now more than 140 member academies, with three from China including the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Under the umbrella of the IAP, national, regional and global member academies work together to support the vital role of science in seeking evidence-based solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. In particular, IAP harnesses the expertise of the world's scientific, medical and engineering leaders to advance sound policies, improve public health, promote excellence in science education, and achieve other critical development goals.
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