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Protecting forests with fruit trees

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Some 60 percent of the Philippines were once covered by rain forest. Today, that figure has dwindled to just 18 percent. The main reason is the huge demand for tropical wood. A family can earn enough money for a whole year by selling just one tree. The German development agency GIZ is now trying to create incentives on the island to prevent cutting of trees and encourage reforestation. Those who pledge to avoid cutting trees receive a piece of land, fruit trees and machinery to cultivate wasteland. Old and new trees don't just store carbon dioxide, they also create an important habitat for plants and animals in the region. Just a few months ago, new species were discovered in the forests of the Süd-Leyte island.

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