Apr 08, 2009
In a reaction to an alarming report on the state of the world’s forests by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Friends of the Earth International and the Global Forest Coalition called on world governments to take immediate action to halt deforestation and forest degradation.
Deforestation rates continue to be shockingly high in many countries despite increased awareness that forests play a key role in sustaining livelihoods and mitigating climate change. The FAO report notes that the expansion of large-scale agrofuel production, illegal logging and the replacement of forests with tree plantations have been key factors in the failure to halt deforestation.
FoEI and other environmental groups call on governments to stop promoting plantations, halt the conversion of forests into biofuel plantations, recognize indigenous peoples’ territories, promote community-based forest management and restoration, ban illegal logging and related trade, and implement immediate deforestation moratoria.