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Congo to plant a million hectares of trees by 2020

July 02, 2011

The Republic of Congo will plant 1 million hectares of trees by 2020 to restore degraded forest and provide wood for paper and fuel, the president said on Friday.

President Denis Sassou N'Guesso made the announcement on the final day of a weeklong summit in the Congolese capital, aimed at tackling deforestation in the Amazon, Congo and Borneo-Mekong forest basins, the three largest in the world.

The Three Forest Basins Summit, organized by N'Guesso, aims to reduce forest destruction and thereby ease climate change.

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