WWF urges govt, businesses to save forests together

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 04/27/2011 10:09

More than 230 million hectares of forested areas across the globe will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warns.
WWF’s Living Forests Report, released Wednesday, calls on policymakers and business entities to unite around a goal of zero net deforestation and forest degradation (ZNDD) by 2020, as a groundbreaking global benchmark to avoid dangerous climate change and curb biodiversity losses.
The first chapter of the report comes as business and political leaders are scheduled to meet this week in Jakarta at the Business 4 Environment Global Summit (B4E).
The report examines the drivers of deforestation and identifies opportunities to shift from the business-as-usual paradigm to a new model of sustainability that benefits government, business and communities.
“We are squandering forests now by failing to sort out vital policy issues such as governance and economic incentives to keep forests standing,” WWF international forests director Rod Taylor says in a press release received by The Jakarta Post. (swd