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Norway Donated 38 Million dollars for the Conservation of Forest Resources in the Amazon
International, 7/6/2015

The Government of Colombia signed an economic agreement with Norway in which the European country is committed to donate 38 million dollars for the conservation of forest resources in the Amazon

On the occasion of the visit to Colombia by the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft, the two countries signed a joint declaration in which they renewed their commitment to the conservation of forests and pushed for the sustainable development of the country, announced the Ministry of Environment in a statement.

According to the head of the ministry, Gabriel Vallejo, the agreement is a sign of the confidence that Norway has deposited in Colombia, as well as the monitoring that we are giving to the commitments of the Declaration on Forests in New York and the Lima Challenge.

Vallejo said the goal is to finalize this new alliance before the cop21 in Paris, to be held between November and December this year.

The $38 million initially donated by Norway will try to meet the goal of reducing deforestation to 90,000 hectares per year in 2018.

For that they will try to add the support of the "private sector, the civil society and communities in sustainable agriculture, restoration and protection of forests”, according to the information.

Another objective of this initiative is to improve the governance and capacity of authorities to manage forests.

Concern for the environment was one of the topics on the agenda of meetings that the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, held in mid of this month in Oslo with the Norwegian authorities, guarantor country, along with Cuba, and the process of his government maintaining peace with the guerrillas of the FARC.


Topic(s):    Forest resourcesEnvironmental managementProtected areas