Posted on 19 September 2019
We call on world leaders to declare a planetary emergency and secure a New Deal for Nature and People by 2020.
Since the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) was adopted in 2014, progress on ending deforestation and restoring forest lands has not lived up to the level of ambition enshrined in its ten goals. Meanwhile, we continue to lose forests, savannas, grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them at a rapid rate. Forest-dwelling wildlife populations have shrunk on average by more than half since 1970, and habitat loss and degradation, caused primarily by human activity, is responsible for 60 percent of all threats to forests and forest species.
This discussion paper, developed by WWF and Climate Focus, is intended to provide the basis for discussions at the 74th UN General Assembly and UN Climate Week 2019 in New York.
The way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature and the services it provides to the brink. We call on world leaders to declare a planetary emergency and secure a New Deal for Nature and People by 2020. We need to stop climate breakdown, safeguard our planet’s remaining natural spaces, and make our consumption and production models more sustainable. Protecting and restoring forests must be at the heart of this New Deal.