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Polish-Chinese talks on the role of forestry in climate

Cooperation in the field of forestry and the implementation of priorities during climate negotiations were the main topics of a meeting between Vice-Minister of Environment Małgorzata Golińska and Liu Dongsheng, Vice President of the State Forestry and Grassland Administration of the Republic of China.

The aim of the visit of Chinese officials is to activate the Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Environment and the State Forestry and Grassland Administration of the PRC, concluded in 2014, and to help Poland achieve the objectives of the COP24 Presidency during the UNFCCC global climate negotiations process. This includes the inclusion of absorption of in mechanisms used to reduce the concentration of CO2 in atmosphere in line with reduced emissions. The visit is a part of Polish – Chinese bilateral cooperation, which has been developing for years with the Strategic Partnership of both countries.

“Both Poland and China recognise the major challenges of climate change. Hence, this year Poland will organise the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC – COP24 in Katowice for the third time. We know from our consultations with the Chinese administration, which was also confirmed in a joint ministerial declaration in Belgrade, that we perceive the role of Chinese and Polish forests in absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere in a similar way, making our views regarding the practical implementation of the Kyoto Convention provisions and, in particular, the Paris Agreement,” said Vice-Minister Małgorzata Golińska.

The Chinese side talked about the functioning and use of forest ecosystems in their country. The Polish side presented the experiences and achievements of the Polish school of forestry, the structure of the State Forests and the project of Forest Carbon Farms to the Chinese guests.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to see how the Polish side is working to use forests to combat climate change through increased carbon sequestration in practice,” said Vice President Liu Dongsheng after the meeting.

Tomorrow, the Chinese delegation will be able to see the scale of the work carried out on the example of the pilot project of the State Forests in the Celestynów Forest Inspectorate.

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