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World's forests 'threatened by food, fuel demands'
The world's forests will be gobbled up by an escalating demand for fuel and
food unless steps are taken to hand the people who live in them greater rights,
two reports published here Monday said.
The US-based Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), an international coalition
of forest governance and conservation groups, warned that widespread
deforestation would make climate change more severe.
It would also push the billion or so people dependent on forests further into
poverty and trigger conflicts, the coalition's reports said.
The international community must work to empower poor forest-dwellers if the
loss of forest and its consequences are to be avoided, the RRI concluded.
The world will need a minimum of 515 million more hectares (1.27 billion acres)
by 2030, in order to grow food, bio-energy and wood products, said the reports.
This is almost twice the amount of available land and equal to an ...
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