Deforestation accounts for roughly 15 percent of global emissions.
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Causes, Environment.

Roughly 15 percent of global emissions result from deforestation, and Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil are a few of the largest offenders. Billions of dollars will have to be invested by REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), a plan to end global deforestation by buying forest-based emissions reductions, to stop the destructive practice.

Without the acceptance of forest-based offsets, there lacks an incentive for participation in the program, and the REDD+’s plan would not take effect until 2020.

A report produced by the Global Canopy Programme, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute, Fauna & Flora International, and the United Nations Environment Program states, “There is currently no source of demand that will pay for medium to long-term emission reductions from REDD+ in the period between 2015 and 2020. This problem seriously threatens the successful implementation of REDD+, because without interim demand there will be little or no incentive for forest countries to participate and redirect resources towards REDD+, or for the private sector to invest.”

A 50 percent decrease of global forestation by 2020 would mean the emissions reduction market would become oversupplied, creating a forty-eight billion dollar shortfall. Donor country capital would have to be used to buy REDD+ emissions reductions. It would also create a stability that would help private investors feel certain about investing. Predictability could go a long way in the prevention of global warming.

VIA Huffington Post

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Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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