Deforestation: An Overview of Global Programs and Agreements

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Deforestation: An Overview of Global Programs and Agreements SUMMARY In recent years, global environmental concerns have figured prominently on the American political agenda. In particular, tropical deforestation and its implications for global climate change and biological diversity loss have prompted public outcry. Concerns have since grown to include other forest types as well. The Congress has considered a variety of legislation to stem the tide of increasing deforestation and the United States has supported a …

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…without delay so that something new and more hopeful can be created at the international level in its stead. However, it is unclear how a new mechanism to facilitate country-based planning would differ from the TFAP "model" or how it would achieve more positive results given the present context. At this point, the future of the TFAP is unclear. For now, this international initiative for forest conservation in the tropics remains at a critical juncture.