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By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL - Norway is to give Brazil’s Amazon Fund US$180 million in recognition of its success in bringing deforestation to record-low levels for the third consecutive year, according to Norway’s Environment Minister. The contribution is part of a US$1 billion pledge made in 2008 by the wealthy Scandinavian nation to both Brazil and Indonesia and brings the total paid so far to Brazil to US$670 million.

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