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Congo to plant a million hectares of trees by 2020 | News by Country | Reuters   Leave a comment

– The Republic of Congo will plant 1 million hectares of trees by 2020 to restore degraded forest and provide wood for paper and fuel, the president said on Friday.

President Denis Sassou N’Guesso made the announcement on the final day of a weeklong summit in the Congolese capital, aimed at tackling deforestation in the Amazon, Congo and Borneo-Mekong forest basins, the three largest in the world.

The Three Forest Basins Summit, organised by N’Guesso, aims to reduce forest destruction and thereby ease climate change.

“To reduce the pressure placed on our natural forests by logging and exploitation for wood fuel, the government has decided to put in place a plantation programme on an area of one million hectares between now and 2020,” N’Guesso said.

via Congo to plant a million hectares of trees by 2020 | News by Country | Reuters.

Posted June 4, 2011 by arnoneumann in Reforestation

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