Uganda will plant millions of trees in the next four years at a cost of USD 253 million, as it tries to restore dwindling forest cover to 30 percent of its area from 22 percent, the government said on Dec. 5. Like many African countries, Uganda suffers from rampant deforestation that dries up rivers, triggers soil erosion and threatens wildlife, especially birds and primates. But officials in the east African country also want the massive tree planting exercise to establish a recognized carbon sink that would enable it to earn credits aimed at meeting CO2 emissions targets. (Reuters)

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