11 Oct '11, 3am

Should public or private money finance efforts to save forests? via @mongabay

: To answer this, we have to understand why forests are disappearing. I believe they’re disappearing because governments and the private sector make money from their disappearance; it’s not a revolutionary position. Yet, the difference comes in that most argue for regulations or global structures like REDD to create more value for standing forests. As we’ve seen, this has failed. Forests are disappearing in the process to create the global supply chains that supply global markets, particularly food markets. There is deforestation linked to mining, but deforestation is predominantly an agricultural commodity issue and as the private sector establishes farms, ranches and plantations that destroy forests, it becomes predominantly a private sector issue. Government regulations provide the space – legal or otherwise – for the deforestation to occur, but improving regulatory fra...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1010-rri_redd_debate.html

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