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Fighting Deforestation and Climate Change: REDD Financing Lessons from Brazil and Indonesia (Excerpt)

Consider the rainforests.  It is not hard to imagine how the destruction of rainforests hurts biodiversity. Second only to coral reefs, tropical rainforests are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. They also support the 70 million people who live in them. Perhaps less intuitive is the role rain forests play in climate change. Deforestation accounts