What Are Some Potential Solutions to Deforestation?

Deforestation is a complex problem that requires many different approaches to solve. Approaching the problem in the corporate world, with consumers and through governments may make a difference, according to Greenpeace.

Corporations can help reduce deforestation by implementing zero-deforestation policies for their suppliers. This encourages their suppliers to produce agricultural products, timber and paper fiber with minimal impact on the environment, according to Greenpeace. They can also implement policies concerning their use of paper to maximize the use of recycled materials in the paper products that they consume.

Greenpeace explains that consumers can help curb deforestation by pressuring companies with spotty environmental records. Buying recycled wood products, and buying brands that have zero-deforestation policies, may encourage other companies to do the same. Imploring others to follow the same practices can increase the number of consumers who buy products from environmentally-responsible companies.

Governments must also play a role. In the United States, legislation, such as the Lacey Act, the Wilderness Act, and the Roadless Rule, protects the country's forests. The international community can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by deforestation in tropical forests by using the Forests for Climate proposal. The proposal would provide nations with funding for capacity-building efforts in exchange for commitments to protect their forests, as explained by Greenpeace.