UK backs Rio+20 deforestation initiative
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The UK has pledged to back an international industry initiative aimed at eliminating deforestation associated with the production of palm oil, soya, beef and paper by 2020
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker confirmed during a visit to Washington that the UK had joined the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, a public-private partnership set up at the Rio+20 summit between the US government and the Consumer Goods Forum.
“With up to 17% of global greenhouse-gas emissions coming from deforestation, tackling this issue is a central part of how to address climate change, support greener growth and sustainable development,” said Barker.
“The UK wants to accelerate international efforts to reduce deforestation. That’s why we are keen to work with the alliance and help drive this important agenda forward.”
The Norwegian and the Dutch governments have also joined the alliance.
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