Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
Norway pays 1 billion dollars to Brazil in recognition of reduced deforestation
Norway fulfils its commitment to Brazil just to protect the Amazon from deforestation: 1 billion dollars. A real example of success.
When the Amazon was going through one of its toughest moments due to deforestation – in 2008 – Norway, one of the world’s main oil producers and forests protectors at the same time, decided to support Brazil’s government in fighting deforestation, by pledging 1 million dollars if it could curb the trend.
Seven years after, the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment has declared it will pay out the final 100 million dollars to Brazil, as a reward since it has managed to cut deforestation rate by 75% compared to 1996-2006 levels, in accordance with the agreements between the two countries. Brazilian farmers have saved and safeguarded about 53,000 square kilometres of forest, i.e. an area larger than 12 soccer fields. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called this goal an “outstanding example” of international collaboration on sustainable development.
Norway’s aids contributed to avoid the emission of about 3.2 billion tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere, i.e. the amount emitted by all American cars over 3 years. It is an outstanding figure, one of the highest reached by an international plan aimed to fight climate change. Therefore, Brazil has to be seen as a case study, and has to be followed by those countries benefitting from the fact they have pieces of the Amazon within their borders.
A historic win for the Ashaninka of Brazil as they receive compensation for deforestation on their land
On top of a 2.4 million dollar compensation, the indigenous Ashaninka people will receive an official apology from the companies who deforested their lands in the 1980s.
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The list of human and animal victims of the Australia wildfires keeps growing – one species might already have gone extinct – as the smoke even reaches South America.
Areas where the FARC guerrilla used to hold power in Colombia have faced record deforestation. Farmers cut down trees, burn land and plant grass for cows. Because, “what else can we do for a living here in the Colombian Amazon”? An intimate report from the heart of the felled forest in Caquetá.
Refusing the anthropocentric vision and respecting the laws of ecology is the only way to safeguard the future of our and all other species, Sea Shepherd President Paul Watson argues in this op-ed.
The 2019 edition of International Mountain Day is “Mountains matter for youth”, highlighting the need to bring young people back to highland areas to take care of their cultural and natural resources.