Rainforest summit more 'hot air' than progress, environmentalists say

20 November 2014

An international summit aimed at stemming rapid deforestation in the Asia Pacific region has fallen short of expectations, according to environmental experts and Pacific Islanders who sought significant actions to combat both climate change and corruption associated with illegal logging.

“I think more hot air was produced during the forum than will be saved in the long term, but I would love to be proven wrong,” said Bill Laurance, a researcher on rainforest and climate change issues at the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at Queensland’s James Cook University.

The two-day Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit sought to find practical action to reduce forest loss in the region, which is home to 6 percent of the world’s forests.

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