The struggle against climate change must also be a battle to protect and restore land and forests.
Cocoa is crucial to Ghana’s economy, but is also a significant driver of deforestation. The Ghana National REDD+ Strategy identifies agricultural expansion to be responsible for at least 50 per cent of deforestation, with cocoa a major contributor.
The purpose of this discussion paper, which draws on a detailed Fern report as well as an analysis we will soon be publishing, is to show the contours of a way forward.
Forests in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, all members of the Mercosur trade bloc, are being destroyed on an epic scale to make way for cattle. Beef production is the largest driver of global deforestation.
Cocoa consumption is a major cause of deforestation – estimated to have destroyed an area of forest the size of Belgium between 1988 and 2008.
As the Central African Republic (CAR) was recovering from a severe civil conflict (FW 189), the government launched a nationwide consultation on the future constitution – the first in the country’s history.
This briefing note outlines why using wood to produce renewable electricity and heat can increase carbon dioxide emissions.
This first briefing outlines what biodiversity is and why it is important. Future briefings will look at both biodiversity legislation and biodiversity offsetting case studies, and propose a way for the EU to protect biodiversity without resorting to offsetting.
Biodiversity is essential to the health of people and the planet and yet European Union (EU) targets to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010 have been missed.