Thursday, March 18, 2010

Deforestation conference to turn plans to action

clipped from www.physorg.com
Deforestation conference to turn plans to action (AP)
(AP) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will open a daylong conference Thursday of some 40 nations to start turning plans into action to save the world's forests and help rein in the noxious gases blamed for climate change.

Ministers from countries of the Amazon and Congo river basins and Indonesia - whose massive forests, most at risk, are at the heart of efforts to end - were among those attending the one-day conference. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for May in Oslo, Norway.

"The in danger. Massive planet-wide destruction continues," France's influential environment minister Jean-Louis Borloo said to reporters Wednesday ahead of the conference.

The conference, with closed-door working groups, is looking to translate measures adopted at the U.N. in Copenhagen in December into concrete mechanisms - and funds.

"Forests are a planetary asset and no longer the concern of individual countries,"
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