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Community forests a growth investment report finds – UPDATED

Governments in the developing world could get big returns by spending relatively small sums on locally controlled forests, says a report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) based in Gland, Switzerland. The study, The Value of Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry, is a meta-review of data on areas of locally controlled forests, populations dependent on forests and economic values of different types of forest ecosystems. It was released today at the United Nations meeting on the International Year of Forests in New York. According to a UN sponsored assessment, more than 400 million hectares of forest in 

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