Back in 2014, the Norwegian government made a pledge along with Germany and UK at the UN Climate Summit that they would indulge in ‘promoting national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains to sustainably sourced commodities’. While the world is reeling under the drastic effects of climate change, Norway became the first country in the world to execute the pledge on finer terms- the first country in the world to ban deforestation. “Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from other governments. Thus it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now setting an example for other countries,” Niles Hermann Ranum, head of policy and campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway said in an official statement.
In addition to this majestic step, the Scandinavian country has also banned the large scale use of any product that contributes to or is a result of deforestation on the planet. The list includes palm oil, soy, and wood products from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea, which is responsible for 40 percent deforestation and 44 percent carbon emission in the world. Encouraging this step is also a push to stop these atrocities happening in the first place.
Norway has always been one of the few countries that protect its indigenous biodiversity as well as generously helps other countries to do the same. Since 2008, Norway has been donating huge funds to countries with dynamic rainforests like Brazil, Liberia, and Indonesia. The Norwegian government also committed to a $250 million fund to protect Guyana’s forest from 2011-2015. The country is also hard at work to revive Africa and other regions of the planet. With assistance from Norway, Liberia became the first African nation to stop cutting trees in return for aid. Amidst all the disasters that we have brought upon us due to incessant large-scale destruction of the planet’s resources, Norway stands as a glowing example to make things better for our future generations.