World Bank Supports Africa's Forest Protection and Development Movement

Pathfinder movements for the development of climate and forest protection in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique are contributed to by the World Bank

November 22nd, 2016
Dimitra Giannou, CD News
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On November 4th 2016, the Paris agreement became effective. The mediators during the 2016  United Nation Climate Meeting (COP22) that took place in Morocco will start working in specific fields for protecting, restoring and managing all types of forest based on the rules of the Paris Agreements.

It is generally accepted that forests play a catalytic role in nature, human life and climate change. The World Bank boosts countries that have incorporated special projects for forest protection and development.

In October, the BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL), in collaboration with the International Finance Coorporation, which includes the World Bank, signed a specific collaboration with Nespresso. According to this agreement, 3 million dollars will be given to Nespresso for training activities in Ethiopia. About 20,000 farmers will be trained in the production of coffee beans. Regarding the plant protection, the project provides shade coffee tree planting near the farms for better growth, restoration of degraded areas and water preservation.

With regards to the second largest forest in the world, which is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a significant project will be invested in to prevent forest loss, protect the aboriginals and the local societies who live in the tropical forest. The program is sponsored by the bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

In Mozambique, a project of forest and landscapes has been created, which will help to restore a huge area of forest and land, as well as providing job opportunities, tourism opportunities and improving the food security in the wide region.

The price of investing in and protecting forest and trees is really noteworthy: the poverty decreases, development grows dramatically and the planet remains a safe place for our generation.


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