End the loss and degradation of natural forests by 2030.
According to all indicators, we failed to halve forest loss and associated greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and are not on track to stop them by 2030.
Global deforestation – our most straightforward indicator for estimating permanent loss of natural forests as a result of land use conversion – is currently around 10 million hectares per year, according to multiple data sources. Deforestation needs to decrease by nearly 1 million hectares per year to achieve the 2030 target of ending deforestation.
Humid tropical primary forest loss needs to decrease by 340,000 hectares each year to achieve the 2030 target of zero loss. For each year we do not reduce loss by sufficient amounts, we must make even larger reductions in following years to achieve our target.
The sustained reductions in forest loss needed to achieve the 2030 target would be unprecedented and are highly unlikely. All assessment indicators show either insufficient progress towards ending forest loss and associated greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 or that we are moving further from the targets. For example, not only are we not close to halving forest loss, but humid tropical primary forest loss is well above pre-NYDF levels, with an average of 41 percent more loss each year after the NYDF was signed than before.
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The Forest Declaration Platform and the Forest Declaration Assessment are supported by The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of Germany.
Other current and previous supporters of these initiatives include the Climate and Land Use Alliance, the Good Energies Foundation, and the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), which has supported this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.
This project is supported by the Climate and Land Use Alliance and the Good Energies Foundation. Research that contributed to this project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.