Our world is characterized by fast moving geopolitical and natural changes and the scenarios drawn by climate change specialists are alarming: If we want to avoid dangerous climate change, and its ample consequences for creatures all over the world, it is necessary to take action right now.

The awareness of the danger is growing and the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) keeps on working to bring it forward. Since 2005, the CCPI has been contributing to a clearer understanding of national and international climate policy.

The various initial positions, interests and strategies of the numerous countries make it hard to distinguish their strengths and weaknesses. The CCPI is an important tool for that. To demonstrate existing measures more accurately and to encourage steps towards effective climate policy, the CCPI methodology has this year been evaluated and improvements have been made.

The integration of data on emissions from deforestation was one of the major steps in this process, made possible due to the arrival of the new FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment 2010.

Alongside energy-based emissions, deforestation is another important source of anthropogenic CO2. By including emissions from deforestation, we can now present a more complete view of man-made impacts on the world‘s climate.

The following publication is issued by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe. However, only with the help of over 230 energy and climate experts from all over the world, we are able to include a review of each country‘s national and international policies, with respect to their efforts to avoid climate change.

We greatly appreciate these experts, for taking the time and effort to contribute with their knowledge. Experts are representatives of NGOs working within their respective countries, fighting for the implementation of the climate policy that we desperately need.

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