WHY A GLOBAL INITIATIVE?
The world’s growing global population demands more food, fuel, fiber, and feed. This demand drives the expansion of industrial-scale agriculture and infrastructure and extractive industries, resulting in massive deforestation, conflict over land, and violations of forest peoples’ rights. As forests are lost, so is their ability to provide clean air, fresh water, medicines, and support to livelihoods and biodiversity. Deforestation also fuels climate change—worsening global poverty and hunger and threatening human health and security.
Globally, finance that promotes deforestation outpaces funding for forest protection by 40 to 1. But if the right policies, practices, and finance were in place, the world could produce sufficient food and forest products sustainably, and in ways that protect the climate. Forests are essential to a more secure and sustainable future for people and planet.