Speaking today in New York, where he was meeting with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, hailed the decision of the President of Brazil, H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to place 6.4 million hectares of the Amazon rain forest under direct environmental protection.
<br>(View also the press release in <a href="/doc/press/2006/pr-2006-10-16-canada-fr.pdf">French</a>.)
“One in six people depends on these fragile ecosystems for their survival,” said Mr. Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary to the Convention. “These are the poorest of the poor and any further degradation of the biodiversity of drylands will lead to increased poverty.”