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Solution for Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests

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.

Expand the REDD+ initiative for forest preservation with contingent payments based on proven performance beyond deforestation to forest degradation and carbon stocks.

The major difference between REDD+ and previous initiatives for forest preservation is that payments are solely intended to be based on proven performance. REDD+ and the possibility of receiving funds for forest preservation have increased the importance of forests on the agenda of governments in countries with rich forest resources.

One major challenge related to the implementation of REDD+ mechanisms is the potential undervaluation of biodiversity-rich forests. Lower payments might be dedicated to forest areas that are at lower risk of being converted, while forest areas where construction of infrastructure or mining is very likely obtain higher payments in cases where this threat is used as a pressure medium. Projects and programs should not only focus on deforestation but also account for forest degradation and carbon stock, as well as species richness and irreplaceability of biodiversity.

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    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

    Focus on protecting and restoring the remaining natural forests, rather than on new plantations.

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    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

    To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands, include protection of these biomes in the design of forest protection policies.

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    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

    In the short term, promote funds such as the Amazon and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Funds to finance forest protection projects.

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    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

    To protect forests more effectively, coordinate measures between different government institutions, establish effective monitoring systems and ensure short-term law enforcement.

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    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

    Adopt and strengthen the use of international certification schemes for sustainable origins of forest products.

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    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

    In the context of a new information-based, low carbon emission economy, promote biodiversity as a prominent strategic target in global and regional development policies and planning.

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