Prince Charles announced plans to protect an area of African rainforest the size of Wales, reports The Telegraph.
The “Size of Wales” project, which would include protecting forest areas and replanting deforested ones across African countries, would be funded through public donations. Other details weren’t immediately available.
“Two million hectares – or more usefully – 2 million rugby pitches will be a significant achievement and importantly, will show great leadership to other nations to do the same,” the Prince of Wales was quoted as saying.
“The people of Wales will be the first in the world to mobilize such a national response to the problem of tropical deforestation and climate change. It will be civil society itself – taking positive action to make a real difference.”
The Prince’s Rainforest Project was established in 2007 to push for the development of a funding mechanism for the world’s tropical forests. The initiative claimed success last year with the commitment of several billion dollars from rich countries toward preservation efforts.
Deforestation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, generating more emissions than all the world’s planes, cars, trucks, ships, and trains combined. Forest loss is also a leading threat to the planet’s flora and fauna.
(09/22/2009) Prince Charles of Great Britain has emerged as one of the world’s highest-profile promoters of a scheme that could finally put an end to destruction of tropical rainforests. The Prince’s Rainforest Project, launched in 2007, is promoting awareness of the role deforestation plays in climate change—it accounts for nearly a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions. The project also publicizes the multitude of benefits tropical forests provide, including maintenance of rainfall, biodiversity, and sustainable livelihoods for millions of people. But the initiative goes beyond merely raising awareness. Prince Charles is using his considerable influence to bring political and business leaders together to devise and support a plan to provide emergency funding to save rainforests. Tony Juniper, one of Britain’s best-known environmentalists and Special Adviser to the project, spoke about Prince Charles’ efforts in an interview with mongabay.com.
(05/06/2009) Releasing a video with as many species of celebrity as ants in the rainforest, while simultaneously turning to online sites such as MySpace and YouTube, appears to have worked for Prince Charles, a longtime advocate of rainforest conservation. His conservation organization’s new outreach to online users has garnered considerable coverage from the international media.
(09/11/2008) Prince Charles renewed his call to protect rainforests for the services they provide humanity. Speaking Wednesday at a black-tie dinner in London, Charles compared the need to protect forests to fighting a war.