Forest Why Are They Important?

When trees are cut greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. Roughly 20% of annual emissions of such heat trapping gases like CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) are from deforestation and forest degradation.

Policy makers & environmentalists alike find Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Degradation (REDD) attractive  because it could  fight climate change at a low cost

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while improving living standards for some of the world’s poorest people, safeguarding biodiversity, and preserving other ecosystem services.

A number of prominent conservation biologist and development agencies including the World Bank and the UN (www.un-redd.org ) have already endorsed the idea. Even the United States has voiced support for the plan.

     

 

 
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