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Do rich countries import deforestation from overseas?

Many rich countries are driving deforestation in other parts of the world, but are regrowing forests domestically.

How do these two measures compare? Are they causing more deforestation elsewhere than they are regenerating in forests at home? 

Let’s take an example. Imagine some temperate country was responsible for the deforestation of 25,000 hectares in tropical countries but was restoring its own forests at a rate of 50,000 hectares per year. On balance, it would still have a…


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