On Wednesday Norway will receive an international award for the Norwegian rainforest initiative.
The award is given by the Rainforest Alliance to the Norwegian state. Norway will receive this year’s main award, called “The Global Standard Setter” award.
– It is a great recognition for Norway and a great incentive to get this award. I consider this to be a recognition of the strategy chosen by us for reducing deforestation, Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen says (H).
On Wednesday he will receive the award on behalf of Norway in connection with an international conference in New York where the topic is rainforest conservation .
The Norwegian rainforest initiative was established in 2008, and the government has decided that it will continue until 2030. So far, Norway has disbursed about 17 billion through the scheme.
– Rainforests are destroyed at an alarming pace large in many countries. I was recently in Indonesia and saw the traces from the severe fires in the forest. Palm oil is causing rainforests to be displaced. This is not just a problem for indigenous people and biodiversity, it is also extremely serious for the world’s climate. We have to get the deforestation under control if we are to curb climate change, Helgesen says.
The initiative to give Norway a recognition of its rainforest efforts was reportedly taken by Nigel Sizer, the new head of the Rainforest Alliance.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today