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Implementation - Indigenous people stop illegal logging

The Challenge

Forests are one of the world's major sources of ecosystem goods and services, including timber and water provision, carbon sequestration and biological diversity. Yet, destructive logging and increasi ...

Forests are one of the world's major sources of ecosystem goods and services, including timber and water provision, carbon sequestration and biological diversity. Yet, destructive logging and increasing global demand for agricultural area for food, feed and bioenergy production continue to put pressure on forests, leading to loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystem services. Without any action, this contributes to the development that future generations might inherit a planet with a much poorer life web and unstable climate than today, which turns the protection and restoration of World's forests into one of the prominent ethical issues of our time.

by Julia Henrichmann

An outstanding project in Peru’s rainforest region shows how  indigenous communities can help prevent  illegal logging. Environmental experts are working with the local communities on sustainable land and forest management. Residents receive compensation in return for their efforts. They invest that money in local infrastructure or economic and social projects.

Watch a full seven minute report on this best pratice project at GLOBAL IDEAS - the climate series of Deutsche Welle.To view the report by Julia Henrichmann please follow this link: http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16069848,00.html