Mongabay: COP25 may put climate at greater risk by failing to address forests

COP25, the 25th UN climate summit, was set for Santiago, Chile, from Dec. 2-13, 2019 until civil unrest forced the Chileans to cancel. Madrid, Spain stepped up quickly to offer to host the global event and its 30,000 participants on the same dates. Remarkable.

In the run up to covering my sixth UN climate summit, my fifth for Mongabay, my editor Glenn Scherer and I decided on a tighter focus for the stories I’d pursue in Madrid — forests, forest policies and related issues like impacts on indigenous peoples.

My pre-COP story linked here focuses on the highest priority of this meeting — unfinished rule-writing business from COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Already controversy is brewing, expectations are low and the stakes are just as high as ever. Stay tuned.