News Selection – Tropical Forests
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Tropical Forests.
France pledges to stop ‘deforestation imports’ by 2030
1/2/2019: The French government has adopted a national strategy to combat unsustainable imports known to be key drivers of deforestation. Pressure is growing on the European Union to take tougher action.
World’s three biggest rainforests face year of precarious politics
28/1/2019: Recent leadership changes in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and presidential elections in Indonesia this April, are fuelling political uncertainty over the fate of the world’s three biggest rainforests. Source: Climate Home News
Rainforests: storylines to watch in 2019
2/1/2019: 2018 wasn’t a great year for tropical rainforests, with major setbacks in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar coming on top of back-to-back years of high forest cover loss. Here are ten storylines to follow in 2019. Source: Mongabay
World’s largest palm oil trader gives forest destroyers nowhere to hide
10/12/2018: The world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. Eliminating deforestation from its supply chain would have a major impact on the rest of the industry.
Source: Greenpeace International
COP24: Tropical deforestation risks undermining 1.5-degree warming limit
13/12/2018: Of the six countries that account for the greatest expanses of tropical rainforest, only Indonesia is on track to reduce its current rate of deforestation by 2030. The others — Brazil, DRC, Colombia, Peru and Myanmar — are off target. Source: Mongabay
Amazon deforestation at highest level in 10 years
24/11/2018: Deforestation in Earth’s biggest rainforest reached the highest level in a decade, reports the Brazilian government. The American trade war has increased the profitability of Brazilian agricultural products.
Stop importing illegal timber, PNG activists tell China at APEC Summit
22/11/2018: China’s imports of timber from Papua New Guinea (PNG) are winnowing away the country’s forests, according to a group of NGOs, researchers and landowners.
RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation
16/11/2018: The world’s leading certification body for ethically sourced palm oil has ordered a total ban on deforestation by its members, amid growing pressure from both companies and consumers.
Bolsonaro to merge environment and agriculture ministries in threat to the Amazon
1/11/2018: Conservationists fear move will put short-term business interests in Brazil ahead of the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems.
Source: The Guardian
Tropical deforestation now emits more CO2 than the EU
18/10/2018: According to a new analysis, tropical forest loss currently accounts for 8 percent of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions. If tropical deforestation were a country, it would be the third-biggest emitter globally.