WWF’s Living Forests Report is part of an ongoing conversation with partners, policymakers, and businesses about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21st century.
The series explains the reasons for, and implications of an ambitious forest conservation target: Zero Net Deforestation and Forest Degradation
) by 2020.
It is a target that reflects the scale and urgency with which threats to the world's forest and climate need to be tackled.
The Living Forests Model
To understand what ZNDD would mean in practice, WWF developed the Living Forests Model with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), which forms the basis for the Living Forests Report.
The model allows us to explore various global land-use scenarios. It calculates the effect of forces such as population growth and consumer demand, and describes possible consequences on key areas such as food production, climate change, biodiversity, commodity prices and economic development.
The Living Forests Model finds that achieving ZNDD is both possible and urgent. But it will not be easy.
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