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Forests: UK to help millions who rely on natural resources
June 21, 2012
Britain will work with the private sector to protect the livelihoods of tens of millions of the poorest people who rely on forests for food, fuel and medicines, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today.
The forest-friendly package was announced by the Deputy Prime Minster at the UN Earth Summit in Rio – also known as Rio+20- taking place this week.
The UK will invest in a forest management ‘knowledge bank’ to help indigenous people in the poorest and most remote forest areas to protect their incomes and escape the impact of deforestation.
Crucially the scheme will put private investors who want to preserve the forests in touch with communities who need assistance, helping them to access markets and improve their livelihoods. Examples of projects Britain will support include:
- Developing guidance to direct money for forestry management projects to the areas most in need, such as Liberia, Ghana and Rwanda
- Spreading know-how on establishing seed banks and tree nurseries and why this is beneficial. This essential knowledge will also help plant trees in drought-prone or waterlogged soils
- Setting up investment fora to bring together private investors and community forest enterprises to kick-start economic growth
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