Trading away our last ancient forests

Publication - 2005-12-05
The threats to forests from trade liberalization under the WTO. Vast tracts of ancient forest around the world stand on the brink of extinction. 10 million hectares are vanishing every year, or a soccer pitch every two seconds. This updated study shows how these last remaining old growth natural forests are threatened by World Trade Organization rules and negotiations, five years after the launch of a comprehensive round of trade negotiations, known as the ‘Doha Round’ in 2001.