By MOHAMMAD SADAQ
Perhaps one of the most effective solutions to the problems of deforestation around the globe is to change the valuation of products that are obtained through deforestation to the valuation of global forests for the important ecosystem services and other important resources they provide, including the storage of carbon in a carbon-constrained future.
Stopping deforestation will take an international effort, as it is a widespread problem that is present on all continents. To be most effective, we cannot focus completely on stopping all logging because it is an integral part of many communities.
Instead, we need focus on using forests in sustainable ways, like limiting logging in old growth forests, not clear-cutting, and increasing the number of seedlings planted.
This is done in four main ways:
01.Combating illegal logging
02.Reforming trade agreements
03.Protecting forested areas
04.Educating local communities
The maintenance of ample viable forests around the world requires policies and laws and their necessary enforcement to protect the forests that remain and to restore forest habitat globally. By creating government regulation to protect forests and halting illegal logging, local communities are forced to reassess their use of forests.
Economic opportunities should be developed for those reliant upon forest ecosystems for their livelihood in ways that promote forest conservation instead of exploitation. Sustainably managed ecotourism activities may provide some of these opportunities, as well as fair trade products that support sustainable economic uses of forests.
Additionally, trade agreements push governments to use only sustainable products. The use of sustainable forestry certifications schemes, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, is one way to support the sustainable management and preservation of forests around the world.
Finally, planting seedlings to offset trees that are cut down is integral in maintaining tree populations for a sustainable future
Smart land management practices should be in place to ensure that viable forest resources will remain in the future, and land management techniques such as the creation of wildlife corridors can help to connect wildlife populations in a fragmented landscape.
We know that deforestation is a serious problem for earth. This means it is our responsibility, as a species, to do what we can to prevent the issue from creating a lasting impact on our planet. This requires swift action from local and national governments to make changes that protect the forests we still have.
As individuals we need to make it a priority within our communities to work towards a sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and the earth.
MOHAMMAD SADAQ, Reached at firstname.lastname@example.org