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International Agreements

Why is it
important ?

Good local forest management decisions can be overwhelmed by international economic pressures, generated by global demand for forest products and the globalization of trade.

International trade agreements play a central role. Countries attempting to manage their forests sustainably come under intense pressure, from companies and from other governments.

The rules of world trade must be shaped to encourage forest protection, rather than undermine it.

What needs to
be done?

High global standards for forest certification should be accepted as part of the norms of international trade.

The U.S. Trade Representative should encourage including biodiversity and forest issues in international trade discussions. This office currently discourages that perspective.

Public awareness must be increased about the crucial role of international trade agreements for the future of forests.

Who is working on it?

Global Forest Policy Project

Friends of the Earth

Center for International Environmental Law

WorldWatch

World Resources Institute

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