SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A coalition of charitable groups and the government of Norway are pledging to spend nearly half a billion dollars over the next four years to prevent deforestation and recognize indigenous peoples' rights to manage forests.
The coalition of more than 15 organizations made the announcement Tuesday ahead of an international climate change summit in San Francisco.
The charitable groups pledged $459 million to help indigenous groups gain rights to the forests where they live and to help them protect their land. They include the Ford and the Rockefeller foundations.
The government of Norway pledged another $33 million to help prevent deforestation in Indonesia and Brazil.
Scientists say forests remove 30 percent of carbon emissions added to the atmosphere each year and protecting them is critical to fighting climate change.