12032022

Paris deal could ‘displace millions’

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Protecting forests is a major goal of the Paris climate agreement, but it may have a big impact on forest dwellers

The Paris climate agreement could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

Many developing countries will try to curb carbon emissions by setting aside forested areas as reserves.

But experts are worried that creating national parks often involves removing the people who live in these areas.

The study indicated designating forest reserves in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo could displace as many as 1.3 million people.

With funding from Norway, Liberia has proposed 30% of their forests become protected areas by 2020.

DR Congo, funded by Germany and the Global Environmental Facility, aims to set aside 12-15% of their forested lands.

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