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Rain Forests And Arid Land

Volume 180: debated on Friday 16 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what extra aid, above that already earmarked is to be devoted to rain forest and arid land work, as a result of the Minister for Overseas Development's attendance at the Anglo-Brazilian environment conference in Brasilia, and Projecto Nordeste.

The conference was designed to be action-oriented in its outcome. The conference report will therefore contain a series of project profiles which will be made widely available for consideration by possible donors in the public and private sectors. The ODA will certainly be among those giving serious attention to these possibilities.The ODA is also giving preliminary consideration to the Projecto Nordeste proposal recently presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and its Brazilian collaborators. It is a substantial proposal and will require most careful attention.