Two-nation promise to spare Atlantic Forest


Argentina and Paraguay have pledged to halt deforestation in the Atlantic Forest, giving a last breath of hope to one of the world’s greatest and most devastated biological treasures. Speaking in Buenos Aires last month at the World Forestry Congress, representatives of the two nations said their governments are committed to achieving “net zero deforestation” by 2020 in the Atlantic Forest, meaning they would restore the same amount of forest as is cut down each year, using native species. They also said they’d initiate environmental-services payments to reward property owners who reforest the woodland, home to nearly 950 species of birds and two dozen species of critically endangered vertebrates. “We will work to reduce deforestation to a minimum, simultaneously creating incentives and programs to... [Log in to read more]

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