and use their natural resources to grow their economies. We have been deceived by profit-motivated loggers and gullible UN agencies although it is impossible to penetrate rainforests enough to gain an exact picture from the ground. Experts warn that deforestation is a major issue facing the world, with the planet's forests being depleted rapidly. Redd (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) has been initiated that involves rich countries paying countries to protect forests and the carbon stored within them. Conserving forests is critical; the carbon locked up in Democratic Republic of the Congos 150m hectares of forests are nearly three times the worlds global annual emissions. A recent study estimated that there are three trillion trees on Earth, following the.
This paper examines the various accounts for this phenomenon and proposes.
Maybe this time, the destruction can be slowed down to a stop, aft er these revelations on satellite-tracking the real damage to our forests.
The world has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of fore sts per hour for the last 25 years, according to official figures.
The Congo Basin is the world s second largest tropical forest.
In just 40 years, possibly 1bn hectares, the equivalent of Europe, has gone.
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Some countries were highly ambitious. Today, it is being rapidly replaced by great swathes of palm oil trees and rubber plantations, land cleared for cattle grazing, soya farming, expanding cities, dams and logging. Indonesia, the electricity market worlds sixth largest carbon emitter, promised to cut its emissions by 29 by ending illegal deforestation and restoring 12m hectares of forested land. According to the unfao (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization we are losing about.3 million hectare a year. "The direction of change is positive, but we need to do better.
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