Putting the Brakes on Drivers of Forest Destruction: A Shared Responsibility
The consumption needs of developed economies and rapidly expandint developing economies are increasingly driving deforestation. Commercial agriculture is now the primary source of tropical deforestation. In Indonesia and Brazil, the two countries accounting for nearly two-thirds of tropical rainforest loss between 2000 and 2005 making them the 3rd and 4th largest global greenhouse gas emitters, the fastest-growing source of forest loss is export-led commercial agricultural expansion — palm oil, cattle and soybean production being the key commodities.
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