WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO

Our team intends to investigate and recount the causes and effects of forests destruction and whether the counter-measures taken both by governments and by the world of business are effective or not.

Our goal is answering the two-folded crucial question: because of whom and what, for which reasons and with which consequences forests are being destroyed, and to which extent public and private decision-makers are concretely acting to find remedies?

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WHY THE PROJECT IS IMPORTANT

Forests represent an important resource not only to ecosystems, but also to the global economy and to local communities. However, they are endangered by increasing human activities.

First of all, forests form unique habitats which are home to multiple plant and animal species

Moreover, wood is commonly manufactured into paper, timber and other products that people use on a daily basis all over the world.

Last but not least, in developing countries forests provide essential livelihood, such as firewood which represent the most important local source of energy.

Potentially, all these forest products could be sustainably harvested. Unfortunately, in most cases forested areas have been unsustainably overharvested, resulting in widespread ecological degradation.

Recently, an inverted trend has started solving this problem: more and more projects are taking place in order to preserve and restore forests, protect their biodiversity, offer renewable raw materials to local communities while, at the same time, enabling the sequestration of significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere and thus contributing to climate change mitigation.