Oil and natural gas operations also emit smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) and toxic air pollutants such as benzene that harm public health, the statement said.
Elharrar was unable to attend the first meeting of the summit participants on opening day of the event after she could not get through the security points of the COP26 compound in her wheelchair. The minister had to return to the hotel.
“There was something obvious that went wrong in this instance, so they were not aware of that and so they had not made the right provisions at the particular entrance she was going to. It is deeply regrettable and we have apologized,” Eustice told the BBC.
At the same time, he added that the Israeli side should have advised the organizers in advance about the minister’s needs.
The Israeli delegation is reported to have filed a formal complaint with the organizers over the incident.
“I am convinced that the conservation of forests and other natural ecosystems is a key component of international efforts to address global warming and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases,” Putin said in a pre-recorded video message broadcast at the Forest and Land Use panel.
After noting that Russia accounts for around 20% of the world’s forest land, the Russian leader said the government is taking “the strongest and most vigorous measures” to conserve it.
“We improve forest management and fight illegal logging and forest fires. We are expanding reforestation areas. We have been consistently increasing funding for these purposes,” he added.
Putin voiced his country’s support to the draft and joint resolution seeking to end deforestation by 2030, arguing that the proposal will “undoubtedly” serve to fulfill the objectives of reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere set out in the Paris Agreement.
"In addition to the $60 billion provided through private and government funding over the five years, which was announced last June, Japan intends to provide up to $10 billion over the next five years to support the decarbonisation effort in Asia," Kishida said.
Tokyo also intends to allocate up to $240 million to support the forest preservation programme, the prime minister noted.
"Japan intends to double to about $14.8 billion its financial assistance to third countries to implement measures in such area as natural disaster prevention," Kishida added.