The Norwegian government has pledged that the nation will become the first country in the world to be deforestation-free. Products that contribute to deforestation will not be used in the country, EcoWatch reports. The pledge comes two years after the country issued a joint declaration with Germany and Britain at the UN Climate Summit committing to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation free supply chains, including through public procurement policies to sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber.” Any product that contributes to deforestation will not be used in the Scandinavian country. The pledge was recommended by Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment as part of the Action Plan on Nature Diversity.
Efforts to save the world’s forests hinge on securing private sector funds and ensuring indigenous communities in tropical forests are more involved in protecting their environment, Norway’s environment minister said.
This new action is a victory for Rainforest Foundation Norway, which has spent years lobbying against the practice of deforestation. Many companies already have agreed to stop using or purchasing goods linked to the destruction of the rain forest, but Norway taking the same measures as a national effort is a huge step for conservation efforts.
Rainforest Foundation Norway said that huge number of goods such as palm oil, tropical timber, soy, and paper are connected with the rainforest destruction.
While it is still so heavily reliant on the burning of fossil fuels, it doesn’t really matter if it protects some rainforests as climate change will destroy them anyway. However this, and the recent announcement it wants to sell only electric cars by 2025, is at least a step in the right direction.
- Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords.
- Denmark, Norway and Sweden are known a Scandinavian countries is the Scandinavian peninsula.