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    Indonesia ‘should reduce deforestation’, says UN chief

    2015 - 02.17

    Speaking to the Jakarta Post, UN Development Programme (UNDP) head Helen Clark has suggested that Indonesia needs to reduce deforestation in order to meet global climate control targets.

    One of the front-runners to fill the seat of UN secretary-general in 2017, the former New Zealand prime minister recently visited Jakarta to meet President Joko Widodo to discuss the country’s role in the upcoming Paris Climate conference.

    Commenting on the country’s current climate change targets, the former prime minister stated that Indonesia would fail to meet its targets for a 26 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases without tackling deforestation, which currently contribute to 80 per cent of the gases produced across the country.

    She continued: “This is a critical political agenda that Indonesia needs to do for its own sake. But it also has a position of global leadership and Indonesia should keep that leadership.”

    According to Ms Clark, Indonesia is likely to become a large player in the support of other countries when it makes its statement of intended national contribution to climate change in March, and as such should take an active stance on the fight against deforestation in order to meet those goals.

    Companies such as Greenwood Management have already pledged to support sustainable forestry and are working hard to contribute towards the reduction of greenhouse emissions.

    McDonald’s helping to slow Amazon deforestation, study finds

    2015 - 02.04

    A policy from fast food company McDonald’s has helped to slow deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, according to a new study.

    Research conducted by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found that the firm’s policy shift in 2006 has cut the rate of deforestation in the region.

    Since McDonald’s and other fast food companies stopped buying birds that have been fed with soy grown in the Amazon, the percentage of Brazilian rainforest that has been logged to raise the crop has dropped.

    The huge demand for soy is one of the top reasons why deforestation is such a global problem in the 21st century, but the 2006 moratorium is due to come to an end in 2016..

    Holly Gibbs, an environmental studies and geography professor and the study’s lead author, stated that 30 per cent of new soy came from deforestation before the moratorium, but after the agreement was reached, this dropped to just one per cent.

    Greenpeace exposed the high rate of deforestation from soy farming in a landmark report and the moratorium was quickly reached after the figures were revealed.

    “Very quickly, within days, unlike government policies which take years to implement, most of the soy industry and government agencies agreed to sign what’s known as the soy moratorium,” said Ms Gibbs.

    Romulo Batista, forests campaigner with Greenpeace Brazil, added that deforestation is not necessary in Brazil to double agricultural production in the country.

    Companies such as Greenwood Management realise how important it is to protect the world’s forests and they are working together to ensure they are preserved and safeguarded against excessive levels of deforestation.