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Caribbean and Latin America: Forests

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 44417, tabled on 7 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is planning to take to help safeguard the future of forests in (a) Latin America and (b) the Caribbean.

Answered on

10 September 2021

We continue to be concerned by the rising rates of deforestation in the Amazon and in forests across Latin America. We have a long-established partnership with Brazil and other forest nations in Latin America. We have also committed to double our International Climate Finance across the globe to £11.6 billion over the next five years - and to invest at least £3bn of that in solutions that protect and restore nature.

In addition, through the FACT dialogue, we are bringing together the biggest producers and consumers of the commodities that drive deforestation: cocoa, cattle, soy and palm oil. In this dialogue we will be agreeing actions to protect forests and other carbon-rich ecosystems like the Amazon, while promoting trade and development.

We are also introducing world-leading due diligence legislation through the Environment Bill to tackle illegal deforestation in UK supply chains. This is one part of a wider package of measures to improve the sustainability of our supply chains and will contribute to global efforts to protect forests and other ecosystems.

As part of our COP26 nature campaign heads of UK missions and other diplomats regularly engage countries across the Caribbean region on the importance of protecting forests. We are encouraging Caribbean countries to join the Leader's Pledge for Nature which includes commitments on mainstreaming biodiversity, improving sustainable forest management and tackling deforestation. So far 7 Caribbean countries have done so. The UK also co-hosted a nature based solutions event with CARICOM on 25 May 2021 which was attended by Lord Goldsmith and Ministers from across the Caribbean. The Forest, Governance, Markets and Climate Programme, which is providing £2m of support in Guyana, aims to achieve stakeholder consensus on forest governance reforms, including on regulation, legal frameworks and to secure the rights of indigenous communities.

We will use our role as host of COP26 to increase the international community's focus on further action to safeguard the future of forests in Latin America, the Caribbean and around the world.

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