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A debt-for-nature swap

In the past, the practice of swapping was a common method for conducting transactions, and although it is less frequent nowadays, it can still prove highly effective. The United States recently employed this approach when negotiating an agreement with Peru to reduce its debt by $20 million.

Instead of repaying the debt with monetary funds, Peru has committed to the restoration and preservation of a portion of its rainforest. This arrangement is commonly known as a "Debt-for-nature swap." The funds that were originally earmarked for the United States will now be directed towards supporting on-the-ground NGOs in their various projects.

Such agreements are not a novel concept, as the United States has already entered into 22 similar deals in the past. Egypt has also engaged in a comparable debt-for-nature swap with Germany, while the European Union's European Investment Bank is currently considering its inaugural such agreement this year.

We hold optimism that more of these agreements will be established in the future, allowing countries to leverage their financial capabilities for the greater good while simultaneously promoting a more balanced and sustainable global ecosystem.


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