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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.

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

One of the major problems for the practical implementation of REDD+ is the strong dependency of the instrument on global climate negotiations, which have not yet reached an agreement. To get REDD+ to be more effective in the short run, international funding and engagement of governments are essential because the voluntary market for carbon credits is limited.

A fund such as the Amazon Fund in Brazil can be helpful for financing projects in the short run. Large funds nevertheless are often complex to manage and inefficient to support local stakeholders' initiatives. More flexible, dynamic and efficient trust funds and sinking endowment funds, designed to support protected areas and local initiatives are other promising solutions. But in the long run, under a new climate regime, a "cap and trade" system would provide a bigger source of funding for REDD+ efforts.

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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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    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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