Global partnership pledges to halve deforestation by 2020

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A partnership of multinational companies, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples has pledged to cut the loss of forests in half by 2020 and end it a decade later.

The move announced during the Climate Summit in New York, is expected to promote the removal of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year from the atmosphere.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) says it is equivalent to removing the carbon emissions produced by the one billion cars that are currently on the world's roads.

Trees absorb the harmful gas, so their destruction is leading to the increase of pollutants in the atmosphere.

The New York Declaration on Forests, endorsed by countries in the developed and developing world, also calls for the restoration of 350 million hectares of forests.

More than $1billion is being set aside to achieve that.

The Declaration calls for incentives to be given to developing countries to stop cutting down trees.

It is the first time that global leaders have agreed on a date to end deforestation.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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