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Norway Becomes First Country In The World To Commit To Zero Deforestation

Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Environment with 18 Comments

Pine tree forest-compressed

By Sadie Levy Gale | Independent

Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.

The Norwegian parliament pledged the government’s public procurement policy will become deforestation-free after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did “not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest”.


Norway funds forest conservation projects worldwide and also supports human rights programmes for forest communities.

Nils Hermann Ranum, the head of Policy and Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement: “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest.

“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements”.

The Rainforest Foundation Norway has campaigned for years to secure a zero deforestation commitment from the Norwegian government.


The MPs' committee also called for the government to protect biodiversity by developing a separate policy and through investments made by Norges Bank Investment Management.

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  1. Maia Helen Maia Helen says:

    I wonder which country would be first to ban Zoo’s. Then I move there.

  2. Jody Goodman Jody Goodman says:

    Now everyone
    Get the picture.

  3. Arik Meyer Arik Meyer says:

    Wow! Norway is leading. No deforestation… No oil by 2025… Hope they stop killing the Wales soon too!

  4. Kim Rice Kim Rice says:

    No surprise there. I own a 2nd growth forest because it was first logging back in 1922 by a man who came from Norway. Seems ole Sven was smart enough to buy 100s of acres of timberland here in East TN, set up a sawmill to crop it all down and process it – we’re talking bald, clear-cut, nothing left but rocks! – then he sold the wood for lots of cash and high-tailed it back to Norway with the profits. Wasn’t as though the land he left was any good for farming either, it just slowly grew back over the years – less, of course a lot of native species and important plants destroyed and lost forever. So, they don’t have to deforest Norway, you see. All they have to do is buy up land in other countries – like the British do now in SC – deforest THAT land and go home rich, ready to protect their native land. Bloody smart or cold-blooded?

  5. A good de-/reforestation plan is by far the most eco friendly approach appart from hydroelectric power plants… this no deforestation policy feels good… but actually will achieve the opposite in the long run

  6. Guess we will see how long that lasts after the first huge fire…

  7. For this the population growth has to be stalled or drastically reduced

  8. Just leaves South America, Malaysia, Madagascar et al. Then the planet will begin to smile.

  9. Wow, indeed. Mainly because Chernobyl landed there and the trees have swathes of Caesium growing inside them now.

  10. Arto Luka Arto Luka says:

    I want this in Poland.

  11. What enables Norway to take this step? Several shit tonnes of oil money.

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