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More Than 25 Countries Agree To Protect Forests

South Sudan’s teak forests are disappearing. /Getty Images

 

Nearly 25 countries at the COP27 climate conference that began on Monday in Egypt launched a group to hold each other accountable for a pledge to end deforestation by 2030, announcing billions of dollars in additional financing for the effort.

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The first meeting of the Forest and Climate Leaders’ Partnership, chaired by the United States and Ghana, takes place a year after more than 140 leaders promised at COP26 to end deforestation by the end of the decade.

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The progress has been patchy since the last meeting with only a few countries instituting more aggressive policies on deforestation and financing.

The new group – which includes Japan, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and others – accounts for roughly 35 percent of the world’s forests and aims to meet twice a year to track progress.

“This partnership is a critical next step to collectively deliver on this promise and help keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C alive,” said COP26 President Alok Sharma in a statement.

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