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Daemon
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Norway to Pay Liberia to Leave Trees Be

Liberia is to become the first African nation to completely halt logging in exchange for development aid. Norway has agreed to pay Liberia $150 million to stop deforestation in the country by 2020. Though Liberia's forestland is not as extensive as that of other countries, it contains a significant portion of West Africa's remaining rainforest. The deal is a major turnaround from just two years ago, when Liberia handed out licenses permitting companies to cut down more than half of the country's remaining primary rainforest. More...
Laurie Cameron
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 2:40:08 AM

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This is a fantastic outcome. Good on Norway for being proactive to not only halt deforestation but also provide much needed aid.
Lets hope more countries can follow suit.
Momsey
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 6:42:42 AM
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My thoughts exactly! Finally a country who is willing to put their money where their mouth is, not just making empty promises and dire predictions.
striker
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 9:22:36 AM
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we need to save all large ares of trees and the rain forest
jimalton
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 11:06:15 AM
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This is a case of a country having more money than sense.
Norway, because of its relatively low population and relatively high income because of North Sea oil, is throwing some of its vast cash reserves at a country that has a ruling clique that will syphon that money for themselves, and cook the books sufficiently to have the appearance of an increase in development that they will claim the development money has been spent for. You can't expect a ruling elite who had no care for its environment but issued licences to destroy that environment for their own enrichment to then become custodians of that environment. Why isn't the ban on logging effective immediately? Isn't it because the ruling elite would lose too much if the current contracts and licences were summarily cancelled?
This doesn't put the government of Norway in a good light because all they, their leaders, are after is to be able to stride the world stage spouting platitudes concerning their obvious commitment to rain forests - what next, bribing Brazil? Probably not since that would be far too expensive.
The best way to stop irresponsible logging is to have global agreements to shun such products - bribery will lead nowhere in the end.
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 12:53:22 PM

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This is beyond incredible. Thank you Norway and the world thanks you; now America, let's see what you will do to save the planet, you greedy capitalist pigs.
Dialectrum
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 1:54:40 PM

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Fredric-frank Myers wrote:
This is beyond incredible. Thank you Norway and the world thanks you; now America, let's see what you will do to save the planet, you greedy capitalist pigs.


You were once a Marine, but now you have much resentment for the USA.

Although much of our aid goes to Israel and Egypt, I am willing to bet that we contribute more foreign aid than many other countries, due in part to our capitalism.
striker
Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 5:39:21 PM
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and teach and help the country to replant
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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2014 9:01:49 PM
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