NEW YORK (AFP) – Britain on Monday promised $234 million to step up the fight against deforestation, tackling a key contributor to climate change on the eve of a UN summit.
Britain will provide another 84 million pounds ($137 million) over three years to expand a program that improves the rule of law including property rights in the rainforests, Britain’s international development secretary Justine Greening said.
Greening credited the program’s progress in nations including Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and especially Liberia, where she said the work has helped stop illegal logging.
“Good governance is a prerequisite for tackling climate change,” Greening said in New York at the Ford Foundation, which has been active on anti-deforestation efforts.
“Weak governance – ambiguous and unjust laws and contested use of land – mean that community rights in the forest are still the exception rather than the norm in too many countries,” she said.