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Why Community Forest Rights Should Be Part of National Climate Change Policies

Strengthening community forest rights can help mitigate climate change in many heavily forested countries.

Globally, communities have legal rights to at least 513 million hectares of forest, making up one-eighth of the world’s forests. These community forests hold about 37.7 billion tonnes of carbon, or 29 times more than the annual carbon footprint of all passenger vehicles in the world.

The Emissions Gap Roadmap

To stay below a 2-degree Centigrade temperature rise, the world needs to reach global carbon neutrality-no net carbon increases-by the end of the century, according to a new report from the UNEP.

WRI President Andrew Steer shares highlights and tells what needs to be done.

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