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Zero-deforestation pledges need help, support to meet targets, new study finds

Zero-deforestation pledges need help, support to meet targets, new study finds

The study’s authors reviewed previous research to understand the impact that zero-deforestation commitments are having on reducing the loss of forests. Nearly 450 companies made 760 such commitments by early 2017. These pledges can reduce deforestation in some cases, but in others, they weren’t effective or had unintended effects, according to the study. The authors advocate for increased public-private communication, more support for smallholders, and complementary laws that support these pledges. It’s become a trend for big corporations to pledge that their products won’t cause any more deforestation. And while many experts believe in the potential of these “zero-deforestation” commitments to slow or stop deforestation, a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that a number of challenges hamstring the efforts. “These companies stand poised ...

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