Graphic shows global distribution of forests and annual forest area lost by decade since 1990.


More than 100 nations pledge to end deforestation

By Jordi Bou

November 1, 2021 - More than 100 countries, encompassing 85% of the world’s forests have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030 in the first major commitment at the COP26 climate summit.

Britain hailed the commitment by over 100 countries to end deforestation as the first big achievement of the conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow, known as COP26 – but experts noted such promises have been made and broken before.

Signatories include the top five forested countries – Russia, Canada, U.S., China, and Brazil – where Amazon deforestation soared to 12-year high in 2020 under President Jair Bolsonaro.

More than $19 billion in public and private funds have been pledged toward the plan.

About 130 world leaders are in Glasgow for what host Britain says is the last realistic chance to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – the goal the world set in Paris six years ago.

PUBLISHED: 02/11/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images