Deforestation impacts the Earth and its ecological systems, the indigenous people who live in affected areas, and the industries perpetrating forest loss. Skoll focuses on tropical forests, which have the greatest impact on greenhouse gas emissions, and not on other forested biomes, although we recognize the importance of preserving those ecosystems as well.
A combination of deforestation and climate change can lead to a “tipping point,” through which a permanent shift in the landscape would cause not only a loss in biodiversity but a release of carbon to the atmosphere, which in turn would lead to irreversible climate change. Despite the initial economic benefits that come with deforestation for activities such as agriculture, the long term economic effects are likely to be negative. Damage to forests and related resources could halve living standards for the world's poor and reduce global GDP by about 7% by 2050.ii
Preservation of the Earth’s tropical forests through economically and environmentally sustainable land management by indigenous communities supported by market forces.
i Mongabay (Countries with highest tropical deforestation over the past 5 years)
ii BBC (Nature loss 'to hurt global poor')
iii FAO (Global Forest Resources Assessments 2015)
iv The Guardian (Deforestation dropped 18% in Brazil's Amazon over past 12 months)