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Deforestation is one of the largest causes of greenhouse gas emissions, representing 17.4% of global annual emissions and rising (IPCC 2007).

Overview

The primary drivers of deforestation are the expansion of livestock and other agricultural production in the Brazilian Amazon, increases in palm oil production in Indonesia, and the use of biomass as a fuel source throughout the developing world. The majority of deforestation occurs in developing countries that rely on these resources for basic sustenance and economic development. These countries often lack legal enforcement of environmental laws and land rights, further complicating efforts to prevent deforestation and implement reforestation and afforestation projects.

Opportunities

Preventing further deforestation is one of the largest opportunities to reduce GHG emissions in the near term. It is estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that 13.8 billion tons of CO2e could be mitigated through afforestation, reduced deforestation, and forest management by 2020. By implementing more efficient methods for producing livestock, soy and palm oil, stakeholders all along the supply chain, from the farmers who raise the crops and animals, to the largest corporations that process and market the products created from these basic commodities, can realize reduced costs and increased revenue.

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