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Spiritual Renewal Weekend
March 19th, 20th and 21st
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March 20th at 7:00 p.m.
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Paraguay receives the WWF Leaders For A Living Planet Award

August 30, 2006, Asuncion, Paraguay – Thanks to stringent national legislation prohibiting the transformation and conversion of forested areas in eastern Paraguay, massive deforestation rates have been curbed. WWF has verified that deforestation rates in the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest have been reduced in more than 85 per cent.

 "At a time when governments are getting into the debate on the role of deforestation in greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, Paraguay is already setting an important precedent in tackling the problem," said Leonardo Lacerda of WWF's Global Forests Programme, while presenting the Paraguayan government with a WWF Leaders For A Living Planet Award for its environmental achievements. "Paraguay provides an example and an inspiration for those countries fighting against deforestation all around the world, and we hope that governments of neighbouring countries, particularly Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil, will follow with similar steps to sharply reduce the deforestation of valuable natural habitats and the carbon emissions associated with them," added Lacerda.

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