Peru to replant 25 million acres of forest
Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com
January 2, 2008
Following a scolding from the World Bank, Peru launches ambitious reforestation project.
The announcement comes after a World Bank report revealed that environmental degradation has cost Peru nearly $2.6 billion, according to the International Tropical Timber Organization's bimonthly update. The report recommended that Peru take steps to reduce deforestation and air pollution as well as unplanned colonization in the Amazon basin.
Nevertheless Peru has some 661,000 square kilometers of tropical forests—an area a little larger than France—and one of the lowest annual deforestation rates in the Amazon basin. About 13.7 percent of the country is under some form of protection.