Norway has announced a complete ban on deforestation, making it the first country to commit to a zero-deforestation policy.
Products that contribute to deforestation will not be used in the country, EcoWatch reports. The pledge comes two years after the country issued a joint declaration with Germany and Britain at the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Summit committing to "promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains, including through public procurement policies to sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber."
Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway said in a statement that it was a monumental move. Although companies had committed to cease the procurement of goods linked to deforestation, those commitments have not been matched by governments.
A large number of goods, including palm oil, tropical timber, soy and paper, are linked to the destruction of the rainforest, according to Rainforest Foundation Norway.
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