Aerial view of Salamina, Caldas in the Andes and the Magdalena river. Photo Credit: AscentXmedia

Environment Colombia28. June 2020

80 Million Dollars for Colombia to Help Save the Rain Forest

A new four-year conservation program has kicked off with Britain pledging to give Colombia the equivalent of $80 million to help curb deforestation in the country’s tropical forests.

Colombia’s national parks and rainforests – including its Amazon rainforest – are facing a threatening rise in deforestation. Protecting these areas will help tackle climate change thanks to the massive amounts of carbon dioxide they can absorb.

According to the country’s environment vice minister, the money will go towards creating sustainable jobs in farming communities, updating land registry records to make property ownership clearer and make way for better decisions on land protection, and fighting environmental crimes such as illegal logging.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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