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UN releases forestry report

ROME (AP) - A U.N. report says forests are winning in some countries thanks to planting programs, but are disappearing in parts of South America and Africa as trees are cut down for farmland.

The forestry report was released today in Rome.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, Brazil and Indonesia, which had the highest loss of forests in the 1990s, have significantly cut deforestation rates. China, India, the United States and Vietnam are also seeing the benefits of ambitious planting programs.

A U.N. Forestry official says it's the first time experts have found the rate of deforestation decreasing globally thanks to concerted efforts.

Scientists say forests can help mitigate climate change effects by storing carbon.

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