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Campaigns to Stop Deforestation

Campaigns to Stop Deforestation

When one thinks of deforestation, one of the major consequences that comes to mind is the habitat destruction of various flora and fauna. Deforestation is also reponsible for 20 percent of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere [Source: FAO Newsroom]. The US along with the UN have begun financing countries to stop deforestation.

Several months after Brazil and the US signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to stop deforestation the Obama administration canceled $21 million of debt from Brazil in exchange for forest protection. Brazil is the first of many countries to be involved in these debt-for-nature programs, and the US State Department expects to generate more than $239 million to protect these forests. Other countries in this program are: Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the Philippines. While this program does not eliminate all the debt, it does make it much more manageable and also helps the environment [Source: Treehugger]. But this program doesn’t just benefit these indebted countries. According to a Reuters article, US agricultural revenue would increase by $190 billion to $270 billion through 2030. Eliminating deforestation would cut into unfair competition and slow expansion of agriculture on land cleared by the slash-and-burn technique. This would be particularly beneficial for US timber, soybean, oilseed and beef industry. Other countries have also been fighting against deforestation through the UN.

The UN has created the REDD program to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. The strategies in REDD place a value on the carbon stored in trees, and once assessed, developed countries then pay developing countries carbon offsets for the standing trees. Norway donated $8.7 million recently to the effort increasing REDD+ program total to $22 million in addition to the $42.6 allocated to the national programs [Source: UN-REDD]. REDD currently has nine pilot countries: Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam and Zambia. Despite the good intentions of the program, there are still many loose ends that could endanger the homes of indigenous tribes. Rather than putting the land in the hands of the indigenous population, the REDD program intends to involve financiers, corporations and timber companies. To protect the indigenous people, the Accra Caucus on Forests and Climate Change (ACFCC) lists three policies to include in REDD: participation of local peoples, recognition of indigenous land rights and employing community-based forest management. Without proper oversight, however, the REDD program is practically worthless and could worsen environmental problems. In response to the ACFCC, the UN created REDD+ that focuses on conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks [Source: UN-REDD].

Deforestation doesn’t only destroy animal habitats, it has a profound effect on climate change. The US’ debt-for-nature incentive looks to help burden loans on small countries and encourage preservation. Other programs like REDD are becoming popular though there are still several missing safeguards to conserve rainforests. Still, these plans need to be implemented on a worldwide level and concentrate as much on conservation and reforestation as deforestation.

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9:01PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

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3:39PM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I believe all countries need to work together to stop deforestation, poaching of animals and illegal smuggle of wild animals. Environment is for all of us. I believe the governments of the world don't see how important healthy environment is for all of us.

7:35AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Cute idea short on reality.look at the oakland institute video on the palm oil development ,but keep in mind ,how many rainforest mature trees are being cut down for that development and thats where the real unsaid profit is for big international investment companies and forigen countries.until those communities really do pick up carbon credits and monthly payments for keeping and protecting the rainforest areas and producing intergrated farming we aint really getting anywhere write to the big companies and bad policymakers who do otherwise ,you will save the right type of trees that way as opposed to planting them in none forest areas.i.e dont risk what we have (we didnt write and complain against deforestation or buy into a palm oil investment)to get what you dont need .

4:20AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

We MUST save (what remains of) our rainforests!

4:15AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

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3:53AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

I think it is disgusting that countries, governments all those who have the power can't do much about this problem, the same as rhino pouching and canned killing and child abuse, much can be done, stricter laws can be passed, stiff jail sentences can be enforced, but the powers in control have the same ideas as the bastards who do the plundering and killing, MONEY, "help yourselves while I look the other way and don't forget to put a bunch of money in that hand I am holding out behind my back"!!!! One day when our children are adults they will be asking us why is there no water, no food, no animals etc., etc., what do we say? Sorry someone else's fathers destroyed everything to make money for themselves and we just sat and watched.

6:01AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Everybody, start your own reforestation campaign in your own backyard.

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