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13/01/2021

£3bn committed to restoring nature

Words: Laura Edgar
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will commit at least £3 billion to climate change strategies that protect nature and biodiversity.

The money will be spent over the next five years. It will be allocated from an existing commitment of £11.6 billion for international climate finance.

The government said the funding would “deliver transformational change” in the protection of biodiversity-rich land and ocean, as well as aid a shift to suitable food production and supply.

Johnson made the commitment at the One Planet Summit, a leader-level summit that was convened by France.

The money would support a variety of programmes, including the Blue Planet Fund for marine conservation and projects to maintain forests and take the illegal timber trade and deforestation.

Johnson said: “We will not achieve our goals on climate change, sustainable development or preventing pandemics if we fail to take care of the natural world that provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

“We must work together as a global community to drive the ambitious change and investment we need to protect our shared planet and the glorious, rich and diverse life within it.”

At the summit, a round table event was convened by foreign secretary Dominic Raab and COP president Alok Sharma.

Raab announced the UK’s pledge of up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, which supports “developing countries to accelerate their transition to green energy while growing their economies”.

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