“Forests are the world’s air-conditioning system – the lungs of the planet – and we’re on the verge of switching it off.” ~ Prince Charles
Imagine it’s a hot summer day with the temperature soaring a couple of degrees above the usual. You lose air-conditioning; how would you survive? It’d be warm and challenging. Now, imagine the same thing happening to the entire planet. What would you do? Honestly, you can do nothing when that happens. But in order to prevent that day from ever arriving, you must do whatever you can to save the planet, trees, and other natural resources.
Paraguay is one of the prime examples of such imbalance and exploitation of natural resources. The state with rich flora and fauna is losing its forests at unprecedented rates, pushing the country’s natural resources towards irreparable damage. Let’s find out the gravity of the issue and how the government, as well as people, are handling it.
Paraguay is losing its most critical natural resources aka forests
- Paraguay loses 178,600 hectares of forest every year.
- The country has lost roughly 7.5 million hectares of forest in the past ten years alone.
- The instances of illegal deforestation are quite normal in the Chaco Forest.
Why government action is insufficient
No “Zero Deforestation Law” for Chaco
Zero Deforestation Law is not applicable to the Chaco forest, which is nothing but a surprise. Chaco forest holds the primary forest cover in the country. The law is meant to prevent illegal logging and deforestation activities in the protected zones. Without adequate steps from the government, the Chaco forest faces a fate similar to that of the Atlantic forest. The latter has already lost over 93% of its forest mass because of illegal deforestation and cattle ranching activities.
Approved cattle ranches break government regulations
Paraguay is a leading exporter of beef and soy, with each of these sectors constituting a sizeable portion of the national exports. The companies running cattle ranches and other agrarian activities openly defy the government’s guidelines. The state requires these companies to preserve at least 25% of the forests in their respective lands. But the instructions are rarely followed.
TreeCoin: Taking natural conservation in its own hands
With its current rate of deforestation, Paraguay will lose most of its forests within the coming decade. Not only will this affect its rich flora and fauna, but the environmental impact would be severe on the indigenous tribes.
TreeCoin plans to plant more than 10 million trees in Paraguay during the initial phase of its project, reforesting roughly 12,000 hectares of land. It aims to create a sustainable timber production cycle that repays more than it reaps from the land, both in terms of greenery and other economic benefits. TreeCoin’s project intends to maintain the natural ecosystem of its target site while boosting the economic output of the region and its people. It also aims to create a business model that not only focuses on the financial aspect of timber production but adheres to practices that preserve the natural balance in the region.
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