17 Dec 2009

Australia joins forestry protection fund

1:43 pm on 17 December 2009

Australia has signed a deal to protect forests in neighbouring countries - one of the first agreements reached at the Copenhagen climate conference.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced Australia would provide $A108 million over three years towards the $US3.5 billion fund.

The United States has pledged more than $US1 billion.

The money will be used from next year to protect forests in countries such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea from being logged, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.