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Norway to give Liberia $150m to fight illegal logging that may spread Ebola

Published 26 Sep, 2014

"Funds will be used to improve forest governance as some scientists speculate that deforestation may be linked to disease," writes Mark Anderson in the Guardian.

We want to spread this positive news story and highlight the link between illegal logging and Ebola, which emphasises the importance of conservation efforts in Liberia and other countries whose natural habitat is threatened with deforestation. 

"Norway will give Liberia up to $150m (£92.1m) over the next six years to fund protective measures aimed at stamping out illegal logging in its agricultural sector, which some scientists believe may have contributed to the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The funds will “improve forest governance, strengthen law enforcement, and support efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation”, both governments said. West Africa is gripped by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed the lives of 2,917 people so far, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Scientists have speculated that the crisis could have been driven by illegal logging that unleashed Ebola-infected fruit bats into contact with people, sending the outbreak out of control," writes Mark Anderson. 

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