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Congo deforestation sees 'surprise fall'

Analysis of satellite pictures indicates that the rate of deforestation in the Congo basin has slowed down.

The Congo is home to the second-largest rainforest in the world -the Amazon rainforest in South America tops the list.

Simon Lewis, a forest scientist at UCL, told the Today programme's Evan Davis that "we have seen about a 30% reduction in the amount of area of forests lost over the 2000s compared to the 1990s".

He said that although this was good news and a "big surprise," it did not mean that deforestation was not taking place on a large scale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 22 July 2013.