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Italy boosts emission-busting forestry schemes

Italy's environment, economy and agriculture ministries have allocated €7.5m to public and private afforestation projects as part of the country's attempts to cut its net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in line with commitments under the Kyoto protocol. Italy saw its CO2-equivalent emissions rise by 15m tonnes in 2003 (EED 21/06/05). This roughly equates to the volume of emissions estimated to be absorbed annually by Italian forests. The new projects will be evaluated during the 2008-2012 Kyoto compliance period in terms of emissions absorbed against investment made. See the government decree.

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