The world’s dwindling forests may just have some breathing space, thanks to an agreement by more then 100 countries to halt and reverse forest loss by 2030. Importantly, the signatories include Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo – which are homes to the largest remaining rainforest. The pledge was also signed by China, Russia, Indonesia, the UK and the US. Overall, the countries involved are said to be responsible for 85 per cent of the planet’s forests.
The announcement at COP26 received a welcome from the majority of green groups, to see some progress on reversing the catastrophic deforestation, particularly in the Amazon. Some however, pointed out that similar earlier commitments had failed to stop forest loss and that the Indonesian government had already cast doubt on the 2030 target to which it had just committed. So the fight for forests has still have a long way to go.