Climate change: Gabon gets UN funds for forests preservation

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In an effort to fight climate change, the United Nations has announced that Gabon will become the first African country to receive international funds for preservation of its forests.

The US$150 million deal will be awarded to Gabon for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation among others.

For the Central African Forest Initiative, it will be the first time that an African nation will be rewarded by other countries for protecting the forests that the entire planet depends on.

It should be noted that Gabon has been a leader in Central Africa in preserving its rainforests, creating 13 national parks since 2000 that cover around 11 percent of the country.