In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle, The…Chainsaw…Screams Tonight…

Tropical deforestation is connected to massive negative impacts on biodiversity and economic prosperity

Trees are being cut down as we speak. The forests, once peaceful places where nature nurtured itself, are now screaming for help. You may not think of it as a big deal — but with changing climates and our environment’s disintegrating atmosphere, it kind of is. After all, this is the only planet we have.

It is estimated that deforestation is responsible for approximately 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions[1].

The most recent deforestation, which has happened in the last couple of decades, is closely linked to global markets: a recent study that analyzed seven countries with high deforestation rates identified that only four supply chains — palm oil, soybeans, beef and wood — were responsible for 40% of tropical deforestation[2].

A global shift towards deforestation-free supply chains has been happening in the last couple of years, suggesting that deforestation-free standards might become the norm.

This is a “shift that must not come at the cost of economic prosperity, but can instead generate new investment opportunities”, wrote Marco Albani in a blog post related to the WEF and TFA 2020 report[5].


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