GLASGOW – Day three of COP26 was marked by a flurry of pledges, with world leaders committing to lofty goals such as ending deforestation by 2030. Under the Glasgow leaders’ declaration on forests and land use, the heads of more than 100 countries committed on Tuesday (Nov 2) to halting and even reversing forest loss and land degradation by 2030. Together, the signatories account for about 85 per cent of the world’s forests. Singapore did not sign. Experts whom The Straits Times spoke to said the declaration was significant as signatories include nations with large swathes of forests – such as Brazil and Russia – as well as nations like China whose trade and investment have had significant impact on the forests of the world. Yet, they say the devil is in the detail – especially since the declaration signalled commitment but without an embedded accountability mechanism. Protecting and restoring forests have long been regarded as a key part of the global climate puzzle. Trees are one of nature’s best tools to soak up carbon dioxide emissions, so it makes sense to protect forests and mangroves. They are a natural solution to halting global warming. But expansion of agriculture, mining and cities… Read full this story
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