Geopolitics of the world's forests

Zhangjiakou Forest, Hebei, China.

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By: Marie-France Chatin Follow

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COP15, the UN Conference on Biodiversity, was launched last week.

The first part was held in China, online and in person.

It will continue in 2022. Its goal: to reach a common declaration of commitment by countries to protect 30% of their land and sea areas.


The COP15, which intersects with the very next COP26 in Glasgow, is presented as an important showcase for Chinese diplomacy which intends to claim the moral supremacy of global environmental governance.

The issue of forests is taking an increasing place in the agendas because of their importance in the carbon cycle.

The forest is 31% of the total land area and 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.

Guest: Alain Karsenty

, research economist at the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development, CIRAD.

Author of 

Geopolitics of the World's Forests.

What strategies to fight against deforestation?

, IFRI study. 


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