In the first major agreement of the world’s most important summit to date, world leaders have agreed to end AND reverse deforestation by 2030.
Those countries to sign the deal included Brazil, home to the Amazon where 17% of the iconic forest has been lost in the last 50 years alone.
Forests help to absorb CO2, which vastly contributes and accelerates global warming and climate change.
Signatory countries to the agreement cover around 85% of the world’s forests between them.
Governments of 28 countries also committed to remove deforestation from the global trade of food and other agricultural products such as palm oil, soya and cocoa.
A £1.1bn fund will be established to protect the world’s second largest tropical rainforest – in the Congo Basin.
Currently an area of forest the size of 27 football pitches is lost every minute.
As part of Planetary’s pledge to support the prevention of biodiversity loss, we are proud to announce that 50p from every sale of our self-published student anthology, ‘Words and Pictures for Your World’, will be saved in a conservation fund so that we can conserve an acre of rainforest through the World Land Trust’s ‘Buy and Acre’ scheme – a lasting legacy to the project and all students and schools involved.
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