Russia signs its pledge against deforestation at COP26


Russia has joined more than 100 countries pledged to end deforestation by 2030, in the first major agreement of the COP26 climate summit which takes place this week in Glasgow.

The pledge, which will be announced on Tuesday, includes around $ 20 billion in funds for the protection of forests around the world, according to the UK government, host of the summit.

Cutting down forests accelerates climate change by releasing vast reserves of greenhouse gases that are absorbed by trees.

Experts say stopping and reversing deforestation is the key to a successful fight against climate change.

Russia’s recently announced goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2060 is based on a sharp increase in greenhouse gas uptake by its vast forests, a plan some experts have come across skepticism.

Signatories to the COP26 agreement represent around 85% of global forest cover, including Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazil.

Russia, with around 800 million hectares of forest land, is the most forested country in the world.

However, a series of record-breaking forest fires that experts say are due to climate change combined with illegal logging have resulted in reduced forest cover in Russia in recent years.

The COP26 agreement will also see more than 30 of the world’s largest companies forgo investing in activities that lead to deforestation.

A similar anti-deforestation deal in 2014 failed to stop the destruction of forests, with worldwide logging reaching record levels since.


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