世界銀行總裁佐利克(Robert Zoellick)，在介紹「森林碳夥伴基金」(The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility)此一機制時表示，森林的存留，比砍伐森林重要的多，此為森林碳夥伴基金成立之因。樹木的天然功能，就在於它能夠吸收主要的溫室氣體：二氧化碳。
A new multi-million dollar fund to compensate developing countries for the value of their living forests was launched today by the World Bank at the United Nations climate conference in Bali.
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was developed because forests are more important left standing than cut down, said World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick, introducing the new facility. As a natural function, trees absorb carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.
Deforestation and forest degradation together are the second leading cause of global warming, second only to the combustion of fossil fuels.
High on the agenda at the Bali talks is reducing the 1.6 billion tons of carbon emissions caused each year by deforestation, which amounts to about 20 percent of global carbon emissions and more than the combined total of the world's energy-intensive transport sectors.
Deforestation and forest degradation are responsible for a high percentage of some countries' national emissions - 70 percent of Brazil's and 80 percent of Indonesia's, for instance.
The new facility will build the capacity of developing countries in tropical and subtropical regions to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation and tap into a future system of positive incentives to reduce emissions.