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Oil-Rich Norway Is Taking A Big Step In Saving Tropical Rainforests
June 18, 2016
Oil-rich Norway is taking a big step in saving tropical rainforests that are crucial to absorbing the world’s carbon emissions. The Scandinavian country has become the first in the world to pledge not to use products that contribute to deforestation.
The Rainforest Foundation Norway recently announced the commitment after the Norwegian parliament adopted a measure to “impose requirements to ensure that public procurements do not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.” The government is now drafting rules to follow through.
“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest,” said the Foundation’s head of policy, Nils Hermann Ranum, in a statement. “Other countries should follow Norway’s leadership, and adopt similar zero deforestation commitments.”