We Can Save World’s Forests At A Fraction Of Cost Of Fossil Fuels Subsidies a new UN report says, reports Mongabay.com. Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation — less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies — could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme. Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations Environment Programme said “The ecosystem services provided by tropical forests are estimated at around US $6,120 per hectare per year. Despite this clear macroeconomic case, the total yearly forest loss averages 13 million hectares per year – equivalent to the surface of a football field being destroyed every three seconds.”
Preserving forests is one of the cheapest, most effective ways to preserve biodiversity and to store carbon, preventing it from morphing into harmful greenhouse gases.
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