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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.

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

Beyond the implementation of individual projects, better coordination between different ministries and institutions is crucial to the implementation of effective measures to prevent deforestation. Brazil is an example where the coordination between different ministries of measurements to prevent deforestation was key to the reduction in deforestation rates in the Amazon.

An effective monitoring system, together with short-term law enforcement when deforestation activities are detected is a crucial element in Brazil but it is not enough. Further instruments are needed to support those already implemented, such as active international repression of the illegal timber market and incentive of reliable certification of timber and other forest products.

One possible channel to enhance sustainable industries might be public procurement of traceable forest products. Tax incentives and investments in education and technology development are crucial. Public awareness and active repression of the criminal global network responsible for tropical deforestation is essential. But there is always a trade-off between additional gains in protecting and restoring forests through the implementation of instruments and a resulting increase in bureaucracy.

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

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

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

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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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    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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