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Changemakers

Erik Solheim

"17.4 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from forest activities. It is therefore crucial that countries agree to include reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in a new global climate regime. This will help us keep within the 2 degrees target, thereby avoiding the most dangerous effects of climate change."

He is Norway's Minister of Environment and Minister of Development and has been named 2009 "Champion of the Earth" (an international environment award established by United Nations Environment Programme in 2004). The award recognizes individuals from around the globe who have made a significant and recognized contribution globally, regionally and beyond, to the protection and sustainable management of the Earth's environment and natural resources.
He is known for his policy leadership in catalyzing his country's action towards a low carbon society and paving the way for Norway's membership as one of the founders of the Climate Neutral Network. He has also been a key supporter of environmental actions at national and global levels throughout his political career, spearheading for example the early implementation of REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.