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Trade and Other Underlying Causes of Forest Loss

Deforestation and forest degradation can be successfully tackled, and forest conservation and restoration enhanced, by tackling the real underlying causes of forest loss. These include reducing demand for wood and land, and supporting cultural values, Indigenous territories, and community conserved areas.

GFC aims:

  • To raise public awareness on the importance of addressing the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation
  • To build capacity amongst all relevant actors in analyzing and addressing the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation
  • To develop and implement, in an open and participatory manner, solution-oriented approaches towards addressing the underlying causes of deforestation and forest degradation.

 

International trade in commodities like soy, beef, wood and palm oil is a major driver of forest loss, land grabbing and climate change, as documented by the Global Forest Coalition, numerous other organisations and confirmed by several scientific reports. The free trade agreements that fuel the trade in these big drivers of deforestation are a major threat to forests, ecosystems, climate change and communities. We work to halt and reverse these trade agreements, and remove agriculture and forests from the control of the World Trade Organization (WTO). We do this through active advocacy strategies and by mobilising opposition amongst our member groups, and our social movement allies. We focus on the ways in which trade and investment rules drive the expansion of international soy, beef, wood and palm oil markets, and we promote just and feasible alternatives that build towards an Economy for Life, for the health of the planet and its peoples.

For resources on this campaign please see here.


The big four drivers of deforestation: events in Bonn, May 2018

The big four drivers of deforestation: events in Bonn, May 2018

International workshop Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May 2018, Bonn Deforestation is a key cause of climate change and significantly undermines the climate resilience of countries and communities. Just four key commodities – beef, soy, palm oil and wood (for bioenergy, paper and timber), are by far the leading cause of global deforestation and forest degradation. Beef is now recognised to be the worst deforesting culprit, and it is also a major cause of climate change. Soy production has been …

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