Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation, with its eye set on rain forests. Now, you may have noticed Norway itself doesn’t have much in the way of rain forests, but its Parliament has promised to make sure the goods it purchases don’t contribute to their deforestation.
The Norwegian government has pledged that the nation will become the first country in the world to be deforestation-free. In the latest in a pretty strong record for rainforest conservation and protection, the government will now “impose requirements to ensure that public procurements do not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.”
A spokesperson for Rainforest Foundation Norway said in recent years many private companies have made similar commitments, but this is the first time a government has done that.
Palm oil, soy, beef and wood are some of the products that push deforestation the most. One study has shown that between 2000 and 2012, commercial agriculture was responsible for 71 percent of tropical deforestation.