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Australia gives $4.5m for foreign forests

Source:  Copyright 2008, AAP
Date:  May 26, 2008
Original URL: Status DEAD

AUSTRALIA will commit $4.5 million towards helping neighbouring countries reduce deforestation.

Climate Change Minister Penny Wong said today that up to $3 million would go to the Indonesia-based Centre for International Forestry Research.

The other $1.5 million would help non-government organisations work with developing countries on large-scale pilot projects designed to reduce deforestation.

"Globally, there is a shortage of research on how to reduce deforestation and Australia's support for the centre will help bridge this gap and support international efforts to take action," Senator Wong said in a statement.

The International Forest Carbon Initiative, under which the money is given, builds on Australia's existing commitments to reducing deforestation and has a particular focus on countries in the region including Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

"In Bali, the international community agreed that demonstration activities were needed to show that activities to reduce deforestation could be effective, long-lasting, support local economies, and reduce greenhouse emissions," Senator Wong said.

"Australia is helping get these activities up and running."

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