WWF: Zero Net Deforestation for 2020

Posted on 19 November 2009  | 
Amazon forests.
At the Ninth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP9) in May 2008 in Bonn, delegates of 67 countries pledged support for WWF's call for zero net deforestation by 2020.

Deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares per year, or 36 football fields a minute (7.3
million hectares per year “net” forest loss taking into account forest restoration and afforestation). Deforestation and degradation of forests, particularly in the tropics, have dramatic consequences for biodiversity, the global climate and people.
Amazon forests.
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