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Brazil not part of new forest preservation pledge

Brazil not part of new forest preservation pledge

NEW YORK (BDCi) – Dozens of nations and companies have come together to form a partnership aimed at ending deforestation by 2030.

The 39 major companies, like Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, and 32 countries, including the United States, introduced the “New York Declaration on Forests” at the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday (23).

Surprisingly, Brazil is not one of the nations participating in the new effort, despite being home to much of the Amazon rainforest, itself being destroyed by illegal logging.

Representatives from Brazil say the country did not sign on because it was not included in the preparation process.

Nonetheless, the Brazilian states of Amapá, Acre and Amazonas did sign the pledge, according to reports.

The new preservation pledge also hopes to halve the loss of forests worldwide by 2020 and to restore more than a million square miles of forest by 2030.