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COP26: Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state wants to increase Atlantic rainforest to 40% of its territory

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thiago Pampolha, State Secretary for Environment and Sustainability, presented Rio de Janeiro's plan to protect and restore the state's biodiversity at COP26 in Glasgow on Monday.

The plans were unveiled in an event organized by Regions4, which represents and helps local governments mitigate climate variability and protect the natural environment. The measures involve a massive reforestation project that plans to increase Rio's Atlantic Rainforest cover from 30% to 40% by 2050.

This program will involve the reforestation of 440,000 hectares (4,400 km2), around 10% of the state's total area, and . . .

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