Greenpeace South Africa's president, Kumi Naidoo, gives an interview during the United Nations conference on climate change COP21, on December 1, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. AFP / LOIC VENANCE
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Tree by tree, more than a dozen African governments pledged to restore the continent's natural forests at the United Nations climate talks Sunday.The deforestation of the world's tropical forests has contributed to climate change by producing up to 15 percent of global carbon emissions, the organization said.The AFR100 initiative is a pledge by African nations to restore 100 million hectares (about 386,000 square miles) of forest by 2030, according to the organization. Satellite images of the island show forests that have been slashed and burned, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.If this initiative succeeds, it would improve the lives of people living around forests and to the ecosystem as a whole, said Victorine Che Thoener, leader of Greenpeace's Congo Basin project.
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