Norway: First Country to Ban Deforestation [ Current Affairs ]

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The first country in the world to prohibit deforestation is Norway. And for this Parliament of Norwegian had assured to make government’s public procurement policy deforestation-free. The Norwegian Government has taken this step based on official recommendations of Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment as the Action Plan on Nature Diversity.

Key facts

  • From now Norway will not use or procure products that encourage deforestation.
  • Norwegian Government will also not award contracts to any company that cuts down and destroys forests as per the pledge.
  • Norwegian lawmakers also dedicated to find a new way to source important products such as soy, palm oil, beef and timber that have little or no impact on ecosystems.
  • The stand-up committee also has requested Government to border separate biodiversity policy and use resources which is provided by Government Pension Fund Global to growth biodiversity protection

About Deforestation

  • Deforestation, clearance or clearing is the elimination of a forest or stand of trees where the land is subsequently changed to a non-forest use.
  • Examples of deforestation are change of forestland to farms, ranches, or urban use.
  • Steamy rainforests is the most focused deforestation occurs.
  • Ans about 30 % of Earth’s land surface is covered by forests.

- Published on: June 13, 2016