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Norway Is The First Country In The World To Ban Deforestation

By Koty Neelis

Norway just became the first country in the world to ban deforestation, a groundbreaking move that could have a major global impact. By committing to zero deforestation, this means Norwegian lawmakers will not award any government contracts to companies that take part in clear-cutting of trees.

The pledge was made in the Recommendation of the Norwegian parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment regarding Norway's national biodiversity action plan, which has now been put in motion.

At the current rate of deforestation, the world's rainforests could completely vanish within 100 years. Eighty percent of the world's land animals and plants live in forests, and many species can't survive if they experience loss of habitat.