Norway is the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation

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Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation! Norway is officially the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The country pledged the government’s public procurement policy and will become deforestation-free after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did “not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest”. Norway already supports programmes centered on forest conservation worldwide, such as the UN-REDD programme.

Nils Hermann Ranum, the head of Policy and Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, stated recently the following: “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest”.

“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements”.

The Rainforest Foundation Norway has been engaged in campaigning for many years in order to secure this kind of commitment from the Norwegian government. Furthermore, the MP’s committee also asked for the government to protect biodiversity by designing another policy and relying on investments made by Norges Bank Investment Management.

In 2014 Norway jointly declared, along with Germany and the UK, during a UN climate summit in New York, pledging to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains, including through public procurement policies to sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber”.

According to Climate Action, the production of beef, palm oil, and soy and wood products in seven countries with high deforestation rates has triggered 40 per cent of total tropical deforestation and 44 per cent of associated carbon emissions between 2000 and 2011.

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7 Responses to “Norway is the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation”

  1. Ken says:

    Great. Now the Norwegian can finally do as good a job as Americans have. In fact, America has more trees today that 100 years ago. The difference is that Americans did so because of private property and because it’s good business. I’m sure you’d be surprised to find out that cattle ranchers do their best to keep their herds alive and healthy and growing; it’s almost as if you don’t understand basic human nature.

    Politicians on the other hand suffer no consequences for implementing bad policy. Why do you think America has a far superior healthcare system when compared to anyone else, including the Norwegians. Government diktat without regard only to political consequences, with no regard to economic consequences, including environmental, is a consistent failure. See Venezuela for the latest example in the long list of dramatic failure.

    Your faith in politicians, a group of people widely understood to be a group of corrupt liars with the violent power of the state to enforce and coerce financing of their failed policies, is just stupid.

    • Elle says:

      Did you even read the article? They’re putting policies into place to avoid sourcing raw materials from poorly protected tropical regions around the world – Norway does not produce a lot of palm oil domestically. They’ve had an effective government policy on protecting their own forests for much longer than this.

    • KenIsAnIdiot says:

      Ken, are you retarded? The US does NOT have a superior healthcare system to anyone else. In fact, it’s one of the worst when compared to other first world countries. Try getting some facts instead of just making shit up. For the sake of the rest of the world, please don’t reproduce.

  2. Kathy Temple says:

    Did u read the artcle? The government pledged to steal land. “Pledged the government’s public procurmuent policy.”

  3. Laura says:

    Did you read this article at ALL??? They have committed to buying and doing business only with companies that are not destroying the rainforest in the production of their products/conduction of their business. Their own land will remain as pristine as it has for centuries, their people and government as content and taken care of as they have been for a long time with none of the bureaucratic BS of our so-called democracy. Read before you comment. Kind of like learn about candidates before you vote. But no, we don’t do THAT here, either. SMH…

  4. Laura says:

    …and I am SOOOOOOOOO interested in hearing about our FAR superior Healthcare to ANYBODY else in this world.

    Laughable. Seriously. It’s almost like you read a joke book before you put that post up.

  5. Rachel says:

    If you seriously think America has a health are system to be envied, you know nothing of reality

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