Obama Praises the Brazilian Amazon Fund
President Barack Obama arrived in Oslo early this morning on his journey to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Obama to Norway by means of a working breakfast with views towards Oslo's skyline before thanking him for and urging him three times to keep moving forward in the global fight against climate change as an investment for future world peace.
Obama at the Oslo Press Conference. Image courtesy SVT (tack guys!!)
The U.S. President acknowledged his presence in Copenhagen next week for the United Nations Climate Change Conference would be an important step for a truly global strategy in this sense.
After remembering the bond between both countries through the huge Norwegian-American community back home, Obama praised the joint initiative of the governments of Norway and Brazil to monitor and try to minimise deforestation rates in the Amazon Basin.
Norway has become one of the main financial investors in the preservation of one of the largest remaining virgin forests of the world through a yearly 100 million US$ contribution to the Amazon Fund, a piece of the National Plan on Climate Change launched by Lula last year aiming to keep reducing deforestation rates. The amount of non released carbon stored by preserving the Amazonian forest with this contribution is expected to equate 10 times all Norwegian emissions.
The Brazilian approach for forest preservation via stopping deforestation is parallel with a reduction of pressure on its native forests for industrial timber procurement. Suitable areas in the South and East of the country have become part of industrial tree crop polyculture systems using mosaic silviculture designs. These involve the sustainable management of fast growth timber plantations surrounded by interlinked ecological corridors that aim to preserve the basic functions of native ecosystems within those areas scheduled for a predominant timber productive function.
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