Thanks Doudou. You’re right. On 24 May 2016, Norway committed to zero deforestation. But what this means is that Norway’s public procurement will become deforestation free. So, as long as Norway doesn’t actually buy any of the timber logged in DRC, it isn’t in breach of its zero deforestation policy. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
It’s a bit like Norway giving money to countries to reduce their deforestation in order to address climate change, while Statoil (which is 2/3rds owned by the Norwegian state) drills for oil, ensuring that climate change will continue.