Deforestation

    Overview

    Deforestation is a critical global challenge with serious environmental, social, and economic implications. 

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the world’s leading organization for assessing climate change. Their latest report found that the best way to mitigate the economic effects of climate change would be through conservation, improved management, and restoration of forests and other ecosystems. 

    A study published in the journal Science says that between 90% and 99% of all deforestation in the tropics is driven by agriculture. That’s much higher than the commonly cited figure of 80%, showing the extent of the challenge. 

    Therefore, finding ways to farm without cutting down forests is critical. 

    As governments and international organizations are increasingly developing new policies and frameworks to preserve the world’s forests, ITC has been exploring current and emerging policies, as well as private initiatives in key countries and regions. 

    Each country faces unique challenges and opportunities in tackling deforestation within their borders and in their international trade relations. ITC can provide the tools to adapt and take climate action via trade.  

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    Resources

    Finding ways to farm without cutting down forests is critical
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    ITC contact

    ITC’s Senior Advisor Sustainable Standards and Value Chains
    Mathieu
    Lamolle
    Email
    mathieu.lamolle [at] intracen.org