Only buy sustainably grown wood, avoiding rainforest wood unless it is certified as sustainable. You also might consider donating money to anti-deforestation NGOs.
There are many things people can do everyday to help reduce the impact of deforestation. Here are just a few things:
1. Eat local to reduce the amount of food miles: Think twice about eating that hamburger from a major fast food chain that probably came from out of the country from a place that was deforested for cattle grazing.
2. Don’t purchase items that are not FSC seal approved
3. Use recyclable products and recycle
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There are several methods out to stop deforestation. Including the ones stated above, a person can also join environmental awareness groups that would help you advocate reforestation. Support and lobby for laws and programs that are made to protect forests and to end deforestation. Cutting down only the mature trees and keeping the younger trees in tact can help with the deforestation.
A longer list of potential methods can be found at this website
The future of forests and forest livelihoods pivots on whether governments will bring rights and democratic practice to forests. Deforestation is as much an issue of poor forest governance-‐-‐ the processes, policies, and law by which decisions that impact forests are made-‐-‐ as it is an issue of misaligned economic incentives. The principles of community-‐based ecosystem management include: that the land is treated as part of the community; land decision are made through inclusive, open, and transparent community-‐based processes; when beneIits flow from the land to the greater community, they flow through local communities; the community is acknowledged as part of the landscape.
Historically, all forests were essentially owned by indigenous peoples, communities, and families. With the expansion of feudalism, colonialism, and imperialism in the last Iive centuries, rights were appropriated until eventually almost all forests were claimed by the state. With popular revolt and democratic practice, there has been a slow move back to the recognition of local rights in the past three decades. The shift has been most pronounced in Latin America: forest tenure reforms and the recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ territories and native lands there has shifted forest land ownership signiIicantly, and the state now only owns or administers 36.1 percent of forest land. There has been less shift in Asia; 67.8 percent of forest lands are state owned and administered. In Africa, 97.9 percent of the forest remains under state ownership and administration.
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