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Colombia takes 'unprecedented' step to stop farms gobbling forests
by Anastasia Moloney

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
11 April 2018

On 11 April 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Indigenous communities that depend on Colombia's Amazon rainforest for their survival will have more say over their ancestral lands, as Colombia adds 8 million hectares to its protected areas in an effort to stem forest loss. The new measures announced by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday (10 April) aim to create a buffer zone for the country's southern Amazon region. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

. . . This brings the total area of protected forests in Colombia to nearly 40 million hectares, Santos said in a speech in the Amazon town of Leticia, flanked by indigenous tribes and Norway's prime minister and environment minister.

Norway, a key financial backer of Colombia's forest conservation efforts, said the new buffer zone was important to meet Colombia's goals of zero net deforestation by 2020, and halting the loss of all natural forest by 2030. ...

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