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The Green Giants Changing Climate Change: We Love Our Forests

Geschreven op 30-8-2015 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Klimaat Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

ForestWe love our forests and here’s why. Forests are often called the ‘lungs of the Earth’ and as we work to change climate change, Peter Graham, Leader of the WWF Forest and Climate Programme, explains how these incredible carbon sinks can literally be a game-changer. 

Forests are the largest storehouse of carbon after the oceans and have been called ‘the lungs of the earth’. Billions of people around the world are directly dependent on forests for fuel, housing, and nourishment.

When forests are destroyed by logging or converting land for agriculture, large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. We can’t tackle the tremendous challenges of climate change without conserving forests.

infographic_need_for_urgent_actionWWF is working toward an ambitious forest conservation target of Zero Net Deforestation and Forest Degradation by 2020. This target reflects the scale and urgency of the actions needed to overcome the threats to the world’s forests and the lives of millions. Current deforestation trends point toward catastrophic and irreversible losses of biodiversity and runaway climate change.

With better governance and smarter land use, it would be possible to meet the global demand for food and forest products as well as the needs of local communities without any further loss of forests between now and 2030. But, we need urgent action supported by strong political will.

An estimated 13 million hectares of forests were lost each year between 2000 and 2010 due to deforestation.* In tropical rainforests particularly, deforestation continues to be an urgent environmental issue that jeopardizes people’s livelihoods, threatens species, and intensifies global warming.

Forests make a vital contribution to humanity, but their full potential will only be realized if we halt deforestation and forest degradation.

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    30 augustus 2015 om 12:13 | Permalink

    Understanding Deforestation Free in Indonesia

    Indonesia has among the highest rates of deforestation in the world, as well as huge export markets for commodities associated with deforestation, including palm oil and wood products. At the same time, some of the largest agribusinesses in Indonesia are leaders in the deforestation-free space, and the government has taken important steps to improve forest governance. Meanwhile, a new tool for implementing deforestation-free commitments—the high carbon stock (HCS) approach—is being refined and tested in Indonesian landscapes.

  2. Erik van Erne zegt:

    30 augustus 2015 om 12:16 | Permalink

    Rainforest Deforestation and It’s Effects

    This video describes the causes and effects of deforestation particularly in the Amazon. It also includes information about rainforest’s in general.

  3. Erik van Erne zegt:

    12 juli 2017 om 19:06 | Permalink

    Norway is the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation by WEF

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