The Secretary of State for the Environment of the United Kingdom stated that the deforestation agreement reached late on the first day of COP26 was an “important step forward” as countries around the world pledged to end the destruction of forests in stages.
“This is a very significant breakthrough,” George Eustis told Sky news Tuesday. “We have now made more than 100 countries commit to ending net forest loss by 2030, covering approximately 85% of the world’s forests.”
“It includes major countries with large forests like Russia, and obviously Canada, but also some Central African countries… and Brazil, which will surprise some people,” he added.
However, how the pledge will be implemented remains unclear. Under the leadership of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation in Brazil has risen sharply, and even after he pledged in April to stop deforestation by 2030, he drastically cut his environmental law enforcement budget.
The Secretary of the Environment of the United Kingdom later told BBC Radio 4 Nowadays Some companies have also pledged to strengthen due diligence on forestry products in their supply chains.
“In the UK, we are passing the Environmental Act to impose new due diligence requirements on large manufacturers using forest risk products… to ensure that these have nothing to do with illegal deforestation,” he said.
Justis said they have received 28 countries’ pledges to take similar measures.