The World Wildlife Fund said it had failed to meet its commitment to tackle climate change despite pledges made to make their pledges.
In a report published on Monday, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) said it was failing to tackle the effects of climate change in the developing world.
It said that the number of tropical forests that were left unforested had dropped by 90% in the past five years and that the forests of the tropics were losing 80% of their cover.
“The decline in tropical forest cover in the tropic regions has been dramatic, with the number reduced by 90 percent in just five years,” the WWF said.
It added that its pledge to end deforestation and climate change adaptation in the global South had been “taken in a weak and uncoordinated way”. “
While the WWF believes that the impacts of climate on the Tropic forests will continue to be significant for the future, it is unable to provide any concrete projections of the number and type of deforestation, or the magnitude of the impacts on the tropical forest ecosystems.”
It added that its pledge to end deforestation and climate change adaptation in the global South had been “taken in a weak and uncoordinated way”.
The WWF said that it had made no progress towards reducing the carbon emissions from deforestation in the South since it was founded in 1958.
The WWF also said that global efforts to tackle deforestation had been hindered by a lack of political will.
“For the last decade, the UN’s Climate Change Convention has been unable to deliver significant gains for reducing deforestation,” the report said.
The organisation has said that in the first quarter of this year it had reduced its carbon emissions by 1.2% compared with the same period in 2015, the lowest in the world.
However, it said that its climate action plan to be signed by world leaders next week had failed, and that it was not on track to meet the target set for 2030 to cut carbon emissions.
“WWF has been working to achieve climate change mitigation targets since its founding, and we have met many of these commitments, but we have not yet delivered on them,” the organisation said.