Commend Funding for Forest Management Program

Target: Board Members of Asian Development Bank

Goal: Applaud the approval of co-funding for a biodiversity program aimed at promoting sustainability and curbing deforestation

In an effort to preserve ecosystems and natural resources, co-funding has been officially approved for the Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management program, aimed at the Heart of Borneo. Along with several other contributors, the Asian Development Bank is supporting forest restoration by giving $4.5 million. Praise the Asian Development Bank board members for granting this generous monetary sum to be used to help preserve trees and forest ecosystems in the Heart of Borneo.

As part of the Ecological Footprint and Investment in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific, the Heart of Borneo is one of four major regions where consumption patterns and a high demand for resources are creating a tremendous amount of stress among ecosystems. The other three regions that the report focuses on include Greater Mekong, the Coral Triangle, and the Eastern Himalayas, all of which are the recipients of a collaborative action taken to protect habitats.

In addition to the $4.5 million contributed by the Asian Development Bank, the Global Environmental Facility will provide $2.5 million, the World Wildlife Fund $2 million, and the Government of Indonesia $0.5 million, all in support of the Heart of Borneo. In total, the new sustainable forest program will have raised $30.5 million towards forest conservation.

The development of the project will encompass four major elements comprised of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation, improving the quality of life of indigenous people residing in the local communities, promoting sustainability, and strengthening policies for biodiversity management. Commend the Asian Development Bank for finalizing the approval of funds towards the new Sustainable Forest and Biodiversity Management Program.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Asian Development Bank board members,

According to the Ecological Footprint and Investment in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific, an average of 850,000 hectares of forest is destroyed each year in the Heart of Borneo. If mining, timber and palm oil production continues at its current rate, arboreal growth will be diminished to less than a third by the year 2020.

With consumption levels sky-rocketing, the increased demand for natural resources is creating additional stress on habitats. By officially approving the funding, you are establishing the development of forest sustainability and strengthening methods for biodiversity management. Therefore, I commend and support your efforts to curb deforestation in the Heart of Borneo.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Ruth Rogers says:

    Signed! Please sign this petition.

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