House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Eden of Winton Lord Eden of Winton Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking together with national and international organisations and with other governments and agencies to protect the livelihood of rainforest-dwelling people and to preserve the habitats of the wildlife and plants that live within those forests.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

At the recent Convention on Biological Diversity summit in Nagoya, parties agreed a target that:

"By 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced".

We will work with our international partners to deliver this objective, including through our work to support the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation intiative (REDD+) and our work to tackle illegal logging.

We are addressing the trade in illegal timber through the recently agreed EU Illegal Timber (Due Diligence) Regulation, in addition to the negotiation of voluntary partnership agreements with timber-producing countries, and participating in the EU Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

Projects under the Darwin Initiative contribute to biodiversity objectives and sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

The Department for International Development (DfID) is supporting the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of organisations working to improve forest tenure, rights and market access of local and indigenous communities. This work has positively affected the livelihoods of tens of millions of people. DfID is also helping improve the livelihoods of almost half a million members of community forest user groups in Nepal.

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