Green economy would highlight full value of forests

A green economy is about being more efficient in how you use your resources, says Grace Wong, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture credit: remusse

A green economy is about being more efficient in how you use your resources, says Grace Wong, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research. Picture credit: remusse

As more developing countries plan to make the transition to a green economy—defined as “low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive”—the spotlight is turning on the “true” value of forests.

And it’s clear that they’re worth a lot more than the price of timber.

“A green economy is about being more efficient in how you use your resources,” said Grace Wong, a scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) who is also a member of a U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) working group on REDD+ in a green economy.

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