Environmental news: Nations collaborate to stop deforestation

17 December 2009 — 5:25 PM

Countries are set to work together

A collaboration which aims to halt and reverse deforestation in developing countries has been revealed.

Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the UK and the US announced the $3.5 billion (£2.13 billion) plans as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The prime minister Gordon Brown said: "Deforestation accounts for almost a fifth of global emissions and the forests of the rainforest nations provide a global service in soaking up the pollution of the world."

He added that unless action is taken the livelihoods of 90 per cent of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty relying on forest resources for their survival could be impacted.

Ed Miliband, secretary of state for energy and climate change, said that it would be a "tragedy" and a "farce" if the climate change talks failed to reach an agreement and that people would "be right to be furious" if this was the case.

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