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Forests: Carbon Emissions

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding for forest protection as a measure of reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere he has allocated to (a) plantations, (b) agriculture and (c) reforestation in each of the next three years. (265895)

No specific funds are allocated by my Department towards domestic forestry protection. Funding for domestic forestry is the responsibility of the Forestry Commission and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Internationally, funds for carbon sequestration are not split into the three categories mentioned in the question, but significant funding is given to forestry. At the climate change negotiations in Poznan last December the UK announced up to £100 million to support such work. This is in addition to a £15 million contribution to the World Bank forest carbon partnership facility which assists developing countries in working out how they can participate in and benefit from evolving incentive mechanisms to avoid deforestation. The UK has also committed £60 million to help reduce deforestation and poverty in the Congo Basin.