From: The Vancouver Sun
Published November 12, 2008 11:07 AM

Reasons to save the forests

A Vancouver-based company that repairs broken ecosystems sees a bright future in carbon offsets.

Robert Falls, CEO of Ecosystem Restoration Associates Inc., says he believes that his firm will get a major boost from a September meeting in New York -- Protecting Rainforest Communities and Our Climate, which focused on the impact of deforestation on global warming.

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"The initial thing that came out of this is that it's finally recognized that greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation is larger than emissions from vehicles, aircraft, ships and trains combined," Falls, who attended the two-day event, said in an interview. "And we're in the business of restoring and protecting forest ecosystems. This is critical for our company."

Falls said the event, which gathered together many global leaders (including two Nobel laureates: former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and and Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement), reinforced the idea that in addressing the challenge of climate change, "forest restoration and forest protection play an essential role in climate change mitigation."

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