Norway is the first country that takes a stand and completely forbids the procurement of products connected to deforestation.
Two years ago, Norway, Germany, and Britain agreed to start the promotion of national commitments to encourage supply chains that do not rely on deforestation. The three countries decided to implement public procurement policies that would support the sustainable production palm oil, soy, beef, and timber.
The UN secretary was highly appreciative of the partnership, saying that it was an excellent example of how international collaboration could ensure our planet’s sustainability.
The recent decision was taken as a part of the Norwegian Action Plan on Nature Diversity, and it will include a public procurement policy that will eliminate all products contributing to deforestation.
Over the last years, some companies also took the pledge and ceased the acquisition of goods connected to the forest destruction. However, this would be the first time when such a decision is taken at a governmental level.
Palm oil, soy, tropical timber, and paper are all linked to rainforest destruction. The products come from Bolivia, Brazil, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Argentina, and the economic conditions in these countries interfere in a negative way with climate protection.
Reports have shown that on a global level, the seven countries are responsible for 44% of carbon emissions each year.
On a national level, between 2000 and 2015 their local industrial production was the cause of 40% of the registered deforestation.
Norway has always been an active supporter of the environment.
Between 2011 and 2015, the country had given Guyana $250 million to prevent deforestation, and at the present moment has an undergoing agreement with Liberia for $150 million which will be paid until 2020. In exchange for the financial help, Liberia will place 30% of its forests under protection.
But the most important environmental investment has been made in Brazil, where Norway paid $1 billion after the completion of a 2008 agreement to reduce deforestation. The financial aid helped decrease deforestation by 75% and saved 33,000 square miles of rainforest.
At the global level, the deforestation rate decreased to half in comparison with the 1990s. Experts say that up to 25% of the climate change issues could be solved by forest conservation.
ONG representatives stated that it was most probable that Germany and the UK will also follow Norway’s example, as all countries took the same pledge at the 2014 UN Climate Summit.
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