Demanding Deforestation: What lessons can illegal logging and inter. timber trade policy teach us
The world’s forests are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle. Forests cover 30% of Earth’s land surface, sequester some 45% of terrestrial carbon, and influence the climate through albedo and regional weather pattern effects. Scientific literature increasingly supports the fact that primary forests store vast amounts of standing carbon and continue to sequester new carbon. While very real debates exist regarding how a mechanism should be structured and financed, the basic goals of reducing deforestation and forest degradation (rEDD) are shared by everyone.
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