Envoys at the Paris climate conference say governments and companies need to do more to protect forests, which can help slow global warming.
Prince Charles, South American indigenous leaders and other dignitaries are holding a special meeting Tuesday to call attention to shrinking global forests from South America to Russia and Africa.
Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal told reporters ahead of the meeting that companies too need to do their part to limit deforestatoin. Envoys are urging greater efforts against illegal logging.
The world's forests play an important role in absorbing carbon dioxide released by man-made emissions from burning oil, gas and coal.
The meeting is part of two weeks of U.N.-led talks aimed at a worldwide, long-term accord to cut human-made emissions blamed for climate change.