In 2020, the tropics lost more than 12 million hectares of tree cover. That's roughly 30 soccer fields’ worth of trees every single minute.
So where does responsible forestry go from here, and how will the recently concluded COP affect it? Funding pledged of a total 19.2 billion USD following a declaration for the need for sustainable forestry during the COP, meaning that more effort and action will be taken on the topic of forestry. Forests are vital to life on Earth. They purify the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, prevent erosion, and act as an important buffer against climate change.
The fact remains that several communities rely on forests to survive, and as sources of timber and food. Where is the line that separates exploitative use of forests and planned/sustainable deforestation?