Paraguay’s forests gain further protection
The Government of Paraguay has extended its Zero Deforestation Law – aimed at stopping further clearance of the critically-threatened Atlantic Forest – until end 2018. The Atlantic Forest, a WWF priority area, shelters 7% of the world’s known animals and plants, but has been reduced to just 7% of its former extent, shared with Brazil and Argentina. In 2004, with deforestation rates rated the worst in the Americas, the first logging moratorium was passed, reducing deforestation by 90%. WWF used the 2013 Earth Hour platform to mobilize support for this the third extension. WWF is also working with government and civil society to implement a Payment for Environmental Services programme that would compensate landowners who do not clear their forest.