European Union pledges one billion euros for the protection of world forests (VIDEO)


The European Union has pledged € 1 billion euros for the protection of forests around the world, at the climate change conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the Forest event at the SEC, Glasgow. 02/11/2021. Photograph: Karwai Tang/ UK Government


The billion euro pledge is allocated over the next five years to protect forests, including €250 million for countries in the Congo Basin in Central Africa.

"We need to listen better to indigenous communities, producers, consumers and traders; listen to each other, work with each other, stop deforestation," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the climate change conference COP26.

The EU contribution is part of a larger $ 12 billion funding package for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of forests in poorer countries.

During the conference, more than 80 countries, including the European Union and the United States, pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of methane by 30% by 2030 compared to 2020, the European Commission President said.

"Methane is one of those gases we can reduce as quickly as possible" and reducing it "could immediately slow down overheating," Ursula von der Leyen said, noting that the gas was responsible for "almost 30%" of global warming since the time of the industrial revolution.

Sir David Attenborough address to world leaders at COP26: