Experts believe that the end of the world’s “war on trees” is in sight amid what is being labelled as the green revolution as governments finally break the link between an increasing human population and a drop in the number of trees.
At a United Nations meeting set to be held late in September, many countries are expected to agree to restore between 10 and 15 million hectares of woodland and to safeguard large significant areas of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.
Although deforestation continues, the rate has dramatically slowed in the last decade, with a decrease of 3 million hectares lost every year. According to Tim Christophersen of the UN Environment Programme (Unep) this change in attitudes is partly due to the worldwide realisation of how valuable forests are to the survival and growth of humanity.
Mr Christopherson believes that the agreement should promote cautious optimism within the forestry industry and around the world. He said: “I think we are seeing a real sea change in the way deforestation is being addressed and prioritised.”
Company’s like Greenwood Management are already working with the government to ensure that the rainforests are preserved and safeguarded against excessive deforestation.