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Pope Says Deforestation Must Be Treated as a Global Threat

Pope Francis meets Madagascar's President Andry Rajoelina in Antananarivo (Credit: © Reuters/Baz Ratner) Click to Enlarge.

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.

Francis made his appeal on a visit to Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, which research institutes and aid agencies say has lost about 44% of its forest over the past 60 years, abetted by illegal exports of rosewood and ebony.

Francis zeroed in on endemic corruption, linking it with persistent, long-term poverty as well as poaching and illegal exports of natural resources.

Addressing Madagascar’s president, Andry Rajoelina, his cabinet and other officials, Francis said some people were profiting from excessive deforestation and the associated loss of species.

“The deterioration of that biodiversity compromises the future of the country and of the earth, our common home,” he said.

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