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UK turns over a new leaf as government finally acts on deforestation

The UK government has finally announced its ban on imports linked to illegal deforestation, while our win in the House of Lords earlier this year is paving the way for a new UK deforestation finance law. With global temperatures rapidly approaching the 1.5C limit, our planet is at a crossroads. Deforestation and forest degradation contribute to around 11% of global carbon emissions. But global deforestation rates were still rising as of last year, jeopardising the battle to limit climate change. In the UK, we have been driving the necessary change in two key areas: making sure financial institutions can no longer fund deforesting businesses and pushing for UK commodity imports to be deforestation free. Here’s some of the wins we’ve had over the last year. Cutting off deforestation finance at the source The UN has been unequivocal: governments must shut off the financial lifelines keeping deforesting companies alive to reach net zero. Now, thanks to our campaigning and the efforts of our partners, the UK Treasury are set to embark on a nine-month review to evaluate how to prevent the City of London providing billions of pounds to deforesting businesses each year. This hard-fought win is the result of our efforts with the House of Lords, where we proposed the creation of a new law that would require financial institutions to carry out checks on their clients to ensure they are not engaged in illegal deforestation or land grabs. The Lords felt so strongly in favour of our legal change that they voted it through - despite the government’s opposition. The nail-biting vote was a “highlight” of the year in the House of Lords, with Labour, the Liberal Democrats, crossbenchers and an influential Conservative backbencher coming together to pass the amendment. https://www.globalwitness.org/en/blog/uk-turns-over-new-leaf-government-finally-acts-deforestation/

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  • Grace Njeri

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    Deforestation has seriously jeopardized the whole environment,there's a need to halt it.

    • Ann Nyambura

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      A positive stride in the fight against climate change.

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      • Kevin

        16 w

        The UK government finally taking heed to the wake up call

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        • We Don't Have Time

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          • winnie nguru

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            A new era for UK. I hope they keep at it or even get better at conserving the environment

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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              The UK government's announcement of a ban on imports linked to illegal deforestation is a significant step forward in addressing the environmental impact of global supply chains. The move, coupled with a win in the House of Lords for a new UK deforestation finance law, underscores the nation's commitment to combatting deforestation and its associated contribution to climate change. Deforestation and forest degradation are major sources of global carbon emissions, and the UK's efforts to cut off financial support to deforesting businesses align with international calls to achieve net-zero targets. The planned review by the UK Treasury to assess the flow of funds from the City of London to deforesting businesses is a notable outcome of collaborative efforts, demonstrating the effectiveness of advocacy in influencing policy changes for a more sustainable future.

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              • rosebellendiritu

                16 w

                It's great that they have realized how deforestation is one of the leading reasons to climate crisis,and addressing this it will have gone along way in healing the planet

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  16 w

                  @rosebellendiritu this is a noble action to save our forests for the sake of our ecosystem.

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                • Johannes Luiga

                  16 w

                  Really good

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                  • Joseph Githinji

                    16 w

                    This is a bold step, deforestation has been a great danger to our forest cover. Having such a regulation will save our forests.

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      16 w

                      @joseph_githinji this is one of the greatest ways in trying to save our planet.

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                    • George Kariuki

                      16 w

                      This is a very encouraging development!

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                    • Elizabeth Gathigia

                      16 w

                      It's great to see UK government taking action to put an end to deforestation, and protecting the forests

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        16 w

                        @elizbeth_gathigia forests are vital for our environment and their protection is paramount.

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                      • Princess

                        16 w

                        It's positive to see the UK government taking action on deforestation.

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                        • rosebellendiritu

                          16 w

                          @princess_nel_268 countries should observe and make sure they try and save the forests

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            16 w

                            @rosebellendiritu most countries do not have regulations when we come to cutting down of trees.Some just cut down haphazardly.

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                            • Grace Njeri

                              11 w

                              @princess_nel_268 Cutting of trees should be discouraged.

                            • walter lungayi

                              16 w

                              This is a positive step towards addressing deforestation and its impact on the environment. It's good to see the UK government taking action to combat illegal deforestation.

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                              • johnte ndeto

                                16 w

                                @walter_lungayi This action will protect the inhabitants too

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                                • Joseph Githinji

                                  16 w

                                  @walter_lungayi this is the right trajectory,its a law whose time is now.

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                                • Gorffly mokua

                                  16 w

                                  Great news! Steps taken by the UK government can encourage other countries to take similar actions in the fight against deforestation.

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                                  • winnie nguru

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                                    @gorffly_mokua other countries should definitely emulate the UK

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