The Forest Footprint can help cities understand their impact on tropical and subtropical deforestation by presenting consumption data in an accessible manner. As the impacts of decisions made by city or metropolitan jurisdictions on tropical and subtropical forests are difficult to see, the Forest Footprint brings these impacts into the visible realm and sets the stage for further incorporation of consumption-based emissions and impacts in city governance and sustainability planning. By understanding their forest footprints, cities worldwide can join the growing number of private sector and national government actors who are reducing tropical and subtropical deforestation as they measure, monitor, and ultimately transform the infrastructure and the culture of urban consumption.


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