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Forests, Trees and Climate Change

Indigenous Peoples, local communities and women face prejudices in mainstream climate change policies. They do not benefit sufficiently from mainstream climate finance due to the growing trend to merge public climate finance with private sector investments, as the latter need to be commercially profitable. In contrast, community conservation tends to provide a broad range of social, cultural, ecological and livelihood benefits, but only modest financial profits. As a result, current climate finance mechanisms provide perverse incentives for climate investors to invest in monoculture tree plantations and other commercially attractive projects, despite their negative impacts on biodiversity, the climate and the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable peoples and communities.

Monoculture tree plantations do not only destroy biodiversity, but they also trigger rural unemployment, depopulation, and other negative social impacts, as they provide extremely few jobs per hectare of land used while requiring significant inputs of water and agrochemicals, as the CCRI results revealed in Chile.

For resources on this campaign please see here.

See also our Bioenergy, Defending Rights and Trade and other Underlying Causes of Deforestation campaigns.



Forest Cover 55 – The big four drivers of deforestation: beef, soy, wood and palm oil

Forest Cover 55 – The big four drivers of deforestation: beef, soy, wood and palm oil

Welcome to Forest Cover No. 55. Forest Cover is Global Forest Coalition’s newsletter. It provides a space for environmental justice activists from across the world to present their views on international forest-related policies. Forest Cover 55 looks at trade in just four key commodities—beef, soy, wood, and palm oil—which together are the main drivers of deforestation in the world. Demand for these commodities is leading to huge swathes of forest being replaced by vast monoculture plantations and pasture, especially in …

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