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BRAZIL TO CUT DEFORESTATION BY 70PC

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 2, 2008

December 02, 2008

From correspondents in Brasilia – Agence France-Presse

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE AUSTRALIAN’

THE Brazilian government overnight announced a plan under which it would cut deforestation of the Amazon by 70 per cent over the next decade.

It is the first time Brazil, home to the largest area of tropical woodland on the planet, has set a target for reducing the damage wreaked by illegal loggers and farmers.

Environment Minister Carlos Minc unveiled the initiative in the presence of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and said it would be formally presented at a UN climate change conference underway this week in Poland.

“Just in terms of avoided deforestation in the Amazon, the plan foresees a reduction of 4.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide that won’t be emitted up to 2018 – which is more than the reduction efforts fixed by all the rich countries,” Mr Minc said.

The minister said Brazil hopes to use the plan to “increase the number of contributors to the Amazon Fund” launched last August which aims to collect money from around the world to fight deforestation.

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