News Selection – Tropical Forests
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Tropical Forests.
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.
Conflicting data: how fast is the world losing its forests?
9/10/2018: Researchers must reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target.
Source: Yale Environment 360
The value of tropical forests in the climate change equation
4/10/2018: If tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank third in carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, only behind China and the US. More numbers that demonstrate just how important tropical forests are in preventing further climate change.
Source: World Resources Institute
Indonesian president signs 3-year freeze on new oil palm licenses
20/9/2018: President Jokowi first announced his moratorium on oil palm licences more than two years ago, in the wake of the 2015 Southeast Asian haze crisis. At last, he has signed it.
Securing community forest rights is key to achieving climate goals
19/9/2018: Vast forest areas are managed by indigenous and local communities, yet these forest-dependent people may be unable to protect vital carbon reserves unless their rights are formally recognized. Source: Devex