World leaders meeting at COP26 will pledge Tuesday to halt deforestation by 2030 thanks to $ 19.2 billion in public and private funds, a move denounced by environmentalists as a “green light for another decade of forest destruction.”
“Countries ranging from the northern forests of Canada and Russia to the rainforests of Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will support the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on forests and land use,” he advanced on Monday. the British presidency of the conference.
The list of more than one hundred signatories brings together climate rebels such as Brazil, Russia or China, behind in their commitment against global warming, along with nations such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States or the countries of the European Union.
Together, “they comprise 85% of the world’s forests, an area of more than 13 million square miles” or 33.6 million km2, according to the statement.
“Never before have so many leaders, from all regions, representing all types of forests, joined forces in this way”, should say the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, in the event of the 100 according to an extract released by the organizers.
His country will commit to legislate to set a goal of zero deforestation by 2030 and protect 30% of its land and ocean resources by that date.
Parallel to this announcement by 100 leaders, the US Ford Foundation indicated that $ 1.7 billion will be dedicated specifically to indigenous peoples.
This alliance of five countries together with 17 private donors aims to “support the rights of indigenous peoples and their role as guardians of forests and nature,” the statement explained.