§ Mrs. Mahon
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to encourage a reduction in the deforestation of the tropical rainforests.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The ODA has more than 200 forestry projects under way or in preparation, at a cost of over £158 million to the aid programme. We are working for a statement of principles on the sustainable management of the world's forests to be agreed at the UN conference on environment and development and a legally binding agreement thereafter. We take a leading role in promoting sustainable forest use in international fora such as the International Tropical Timber Organisation and the tropical forest action programme.