Rainforests: International Cooperation

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 6th July 2021.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make it his policy to prioritise taking diplomatic steps with his international counterparts to tackle depletion of rainforests.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK government works through diplomacy, partnerships and programmes to drive international efforts to stop deforestation. Through diplomacy, we work to encourage forest nations to take action to strengthen protections for forests. This is complemented by long-term partnerships and programmes, funded through the UK's International Climate Finance, which provide the technical support and resources required to take action.

For example, a long-standing partnership with the Government of Indonesia has had a significant impact on illegal logging, an important factor in the depletion of rainforests. With UK support, Indonesia has taken action to curb illegal logging. As a result, Indonesian timber exports have gone from a point where an estimated 80% were from illegal sources, to one where all exports are now from audited legal sources.

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