For Media

Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Green Economy benefits for communities, climate and orangutan conservation
Conserving key rainforests in Indonesia could generate revenues three times greater than felling them for palm oil plantations. The findings come in a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), under its Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP).

Under the UN climate convention, governments are negotiating a mechanism to provide payments for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation plus additional forest "activities" (REDD+), with the aim of halving deforestation by 2020.

It is estimated that currently close to 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are linked with land use change, mainly through forest loss. Cleared for the same land may generate revenues from palm oil plantations at less than $7,400 a hectare. The carbon value of avoided deforestation even in ordinary forests ranges from $3,711 - $11,185 per ha - and is much higher than other land-use practices such as agroforestry, sustainable logging and coffee.

Between 2005 and 2010, Indonesia had accelerating forest loss compared to 2000-2005 and is within the highest five countries for percentage of primary forest loss globally. Between 1985 and 2007, nearly half of the forest on Sumatra disappeared. Currently the Government of Norway is supporting the Government of Indonesia in its efforts to reduce deforestation and illegal logging under a $1 billion agreement that includes a two-year suspension of new concessions that convert peatlands and primary forests.

Deforestation is also cited in the report - The Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Sumatra - as a key cause for increased flooding that has impacted over 500,000 people over the last decade.
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