Weekly forest conservation updates

Corruption, Poor Enforcement Hamper Global Efforts to End Deforestation

New research published on the eve of 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland, by the NYDF Assessment Partners, shows that deforestation rates have risen 42 percent since 2014, which is the year that nearly 200 governments, corporations, NGOs, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), which is a pledge to end forest loss by 2030 – with an interim target of cutting it in half by 2020. https://bit.ly/2SmTVgF


Paper industry around famous Chinese lake to be shut down by 2019

by Asa Butcher

The paper industry around one of China’s largest and most famous freshwater lakes will be shut down and removed by 2019, according to an announcement made by government authorities in central China today. Pulping manufacturers and outdated paper-making capacity in three cities and one district around Dongting Lake in Hunan Province will be removed by the end of 2018, while all paper mills will be closed by the end of next year, reports Chinese state media Xinhua.
Over ten years ago, 100 million tonnes of wastewater from over 200 paper manufacturers was being dumped annually into China’s fourth largest lake resulting in toxic levels, according to the Chinese R&D organisation ASEM Water Resources Research and Development Center. Following the appointment of Zhou Qiang as governor of Hunan Province in 2006, a plan to control the water pollution was initiated, leading to the closure of over 200 waste paper pulping manufacturers and 30 pulp and paper-making manufacturers. https://bit.ly/2RoxOGx



Coca-Cola pledges for wildfire relief

The Coca-Cola Company, its local bottling partner and The Coca-Cola Foundation have joined together to help the families and communities affected by devastating wildfires across California. The Coca-Cola Foundation today pledged $400,000 and The Coca-Cola Company pledged an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to provide emergency food, shelter and comfort to thousands of people who have been forced to evacuate their homes across Northern and Southern California. https://bit.ly/2zxmlh9


Take Your Personal Palm Oil Audit  – 3 steps and 3 minutes to make your first swap to sustainable palm oil or palm oil free

Unsustainable palm oil leads to deforestation, threatens orangutans with extinction and contributes to climate change. Local communities miss out too. You can do something today because palm oil is everywhere: if you clean, eat and wash the chances are you’ve used it in the last week. Do a #PalmOilAudit and follow our easy steps to find palm oil in your supermarket products and, if it’s unsustainable, to swap it to sustainable palm oil or go palm oil free. Here you’ll find Top Tips for your #PalmOilAudit, more information about the impact of palm oil and examples of just how many places you’ll find it. You can join our new Facebook Group or sign up to our weekly palm oil email where we’ll have lots of juicy palm oil facts and guides to help you tackle the supermarket aisle by aisle. It’ll also be a place for people to share their successes! At the end of your Palm Oil Audit you can be confident that your kitchen cupboards and bathroom cabinets will be orangutan friendly! Please also share your swaps to inspire others to do the same, help stop deforestation and protect the planet and it’s wildlife. If we all swap 10 products to sustainable palm oil or palm oil free then together we’ll have a big impact. https://gikibadges.com/palm-oil/


Deforestation In Brazil: The Equivalent Of A Million Soccer Fields Cleared Out Within A Year

The biggest part of the Amazon Forest is on Brazilian territory, where the deforestation has risen by 13,72% between August 2017 and July 2018 according to official numbers. It is the equivalent of a million soccer fields says Greenpeace Brazil. The cleared area over this period was 3050 square miles which represent 5,2 times the city of Sao Paulo according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.



Protecting Earth’s Forests ‘Just As Urgent’ As Reducing Emissions, Scientists Say

Radio – Trees and soils play a pivotal role in locking up and storing carbon, says Ruth DeFries, an environmental geographer at Columbia University. https://bit.ly/2E3uJsl


RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation under new standards

The world’s leading certification body for ethically sourced palm oil has ordered a total ban on deforestation by its members, amid growing pressure from both companies and consumers. Members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the ban at the group’s annual general assembly in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on November 15. The ban is now part of the RSPO’s new core standards, the Principles and Criteria (P&C), which member companies must comply with for their product to be certified “sustainable.” The RSPO’s new standards mean palm oil growers must ensure future land clearing doesn’t cause deforestation or damage areas especially rich in carbon, including peatlands and high carbon stock (HCS) forests. This means no more planting of oil palms in peat of any depth. https://bit.ly/2RtXgL0