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Over 100 world leaders pledge to end deforestation by end of decade

More than 100 global leaders have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of 2030.

“We will have a chance to end humanity’s long history as nature’s conqueror, and instead become its custodian,” said British leader Boris Johnson said on Monday, calling it an unprecedented agreement.

The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use will cover forests totalling more than 13 million square miles.

A slew of additional government and private initiatives were also launched to help reach that goal, including billions in pledges for indigenous guardians of the forest and sustainable agriculture.

What do we know about the agreement?

Twelve countries including Britain have pledged to provide $12 billion of public funding between 2021 and 2025 to help developing countries, including in efforts to restore degraded land and tackle wildfires.

More than 30 private sector investors with more than $8.7 trillion in assets also pledged to stop investing in activities linked to deforestation by 2025.

They said they would make “best efforts” to eliminate deforestation related to cattle, palm oil, soy and pulp production by 2025.

Five countries, including the Britain and United States, and a group of global charities also pledged to provide $1.7 billion in financing to support indigenous people’s conservation of forests and to strengthen their land rights.

Environmentalists say that indigenous communities are the best protectors of the forest, often against violent encroachment of loggers and land grabbers.

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