Cash to save the rainforests

As the UN Climate talks reach a key stage, we look at the financial incentives aimed at getting poor countries not to chop down their rainforests, on which the global climate depends.

We hear about a pilot scheme set up by Norway, in which it pays the South American country, Guyana, £30m a year to preserve its forests. The trouble is, preliminary indicators from the Rainforest Foundation UK, a campaign group, suggest that Guyana has chopped down more, not less, during the first year of the project.

A Norwegian government adviser defends the scheme, and says that the future war on climate change depends on initiatives like this.

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Thu 2 Dec 2010 08:32 GMT

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