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Unformatted text preview: 22 | P a g e 1 2 / 1 / 2 0 0 8 B R A Z I L P L A N S T O C U T D E F O R E S T A T I O N B Y 7 0 P C T O V E R 10 Y E A R S The Brazilian government on Monday unveiled a plan to cut the deforestation of the Amazon by 70 percent over the next decade. I t is the first time Brazil, home to the largest area of tropical woodland on the planet, has set a target for reducing the damage wrought by illegal loggers and ranchers. Environment Minister Carlos Minc unveiled the initiative in the presence of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and said it would be formally presented at a UN climate change conference underway this week in Poland. "Just in terms of avoided deforestation in the Amazon, the plan foresees a reduction of 4.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide that won't be emitted up to 2018 -- which is more than the reduction efforts fixed by all the rich countries," Minc said. The minister said Brazil hopes to use the plan to "increase the number of contributors to the Amazon Fund" launched last August which aims to collect money from around the world to fight deforestation. The head of Brazil's forestry service, Tasso Azevedo, told AFP that an announcement by Britain that it planned to cut CO2...
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