19 Jun '12, 4pm

It's a step forward! ---> U.S., others commit to restoring damaged forests

It's a step forward! ---> U.S., others commit to restoring damaged forests

RECOVERY WORK: Members of the Chico Mendes Environmental Institute remove trees cut down by illegal wood cutters across the trails of the Trairao Amazonic forest reserve. (Photo: Lunae Parracho/AFP) RIO DE JANEIRO — The United States, Rwanda and a coalition of Brazilian groups on June 18 vowed to restore at least 18 million hectares (45 million acres) of damaged forests. The commitments are the first in a voluntary initiative launched nine months ago, which aims at restoring 150 million hectares (375 million acres) of deforested and degraded lands by 2020. Fifteen million hectares (37.5 million acres) will be restored "in 20 forest watersheds, including tribal regions, across the United States," Elise Golan , director of sustainable development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture , told journalists at the "Rio+20" conference. Two million hectares (five million acres) wil...

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