Greens: Deforestation deal just the start of recovery

The deal to end and reverse deforestation by 2030 announced at COP is just the beginning of what is needed to restore nature, the Scottish Greens have said.

Commenting, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “This is an urgently needed and necessary deal, and it is significant that Brazil has signed it, but it must be turned into action.

“The loss of the world’s forests has had a devastating impact on both carbon stores and wildlife, and previous declarations have not led to the action needed.

“The Scottish Greens in government have increased Scotland’s reforestation targets and will establish a National Register of Ancient Woodlands, but we need to see more than warm words from the UK Government.

“When just 7% of Britain's native woodlands are currently in good ecological condition, Boris Johnson must lead by example.”