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Root and branch reform: if carbon markets aren’t working, how do we save our forests?

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🗞️ Driving the news: The challenge of preserving the world's forests, crucial for limiting global heating and protecting biodiversity, is facing hurdles due to economic incentives favoring deforestation
• Despite global promises to halt this trend, forests continue to be exploited, pushing numerous species towards extinction and diminishing their ecological functions

🔭 The context: Forests, including those in the Amazon and boreal regions, are vital for carbon sequestration, climate regulation, and biodiversity; however, economic factors often make them more valuable when cleared, leading to significant environmental impacts
• The carbon-offsetting market, aimed at funding conservation efforts, has come under scrutiny for its effectiveness and integrity

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The survival of Earth's forests is integral to mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity
• Their loss not only contributes to global heating but also threatens the existence of countless species and the ecological balance
• Effective forest conservation strategies are essential for a sustainable planetary future

⏭️ What's next: Proposals for better forest conservation include paying countries for forest preservation, imposing bans on goods that harm forests, introducing a global tax for climate finance, swapping developing countries' debt for conservation commitments, and reforming carbon and biodiversity markets
• These strategies aim to create more effective incentives for keeping forests intact

💬 One quote: "We need nature-based solutions more than ever. We need finance more than ever, and we don’t have another mechanism” (Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

📈 One stat: Ecuador's debt-for-nature swap refinanced $1.6 billion of its debt for conservation efforts, highlighting the potential financial mechanisms to support environmental preservation

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