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Amazon countries want to combat deforestation, but without concrete agreements

At the Amazon summit, eight South American countries failed to agree on a time limit for deforestation in the rainforest. The countries do believe that the Amazon should be better protected.

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The second and final day of the Amazon summit in Brazil has yet to begin, but a final statement has already been made. The summit was organized by Brazilian President Lula da Silva to make firm commitments to curb logging and other illegal practices in the area.

Lula wants no more illegal deforestation by 2030 and has pledged to implement that ambitious plan at least in his own country. The other countries agree with the plan, but do not want to put a date on it. Suriname, Guyana and Bolivia therefore voted against.

The Amazon countries have different economic interests in the rainforest. Bottlenecks were tackling illegal gold mining and whether or not to allow new oil and gas drilling in the area.

Protection of indigenous people
However, the countries have set up an alliance together, which should promote more cooperation. It must also prevent a 'point of no return' from being reached. If large parts of the rainforest disappear, it will have major consequences for the climate and biodiversity around the world.

A joint statement also states that the countries want to work together to protect the rights of the indigenous population. The original inhabitants of the Amazon are committed as protectors of the rainforest.
"It is striking that the countries do not want to stick to a deadline. It is a historic summit: it is the first time that these countries have come together to talk about the Amazon and the cross-border problems they have.

One point where they differ is the extraction of oil in the Amazon. Colombia has said they want a ban on that, but President Lula, who initiated the summit, does not want to commit to it. That's because Brazil has found oil in the Amazon River. This shows that the countries have their own agenda and interests.

It's five to twelve, say ecologists and researchers. Something has to be done and so they cannot avoid working together. Critics are disappointed that deadlines have not been set."

Lula has made the protection of the Amazon, and thus the climate, a spearhead of his policy. Two thirds of the Amazon is in Brazil. In the first six months of his presidency, between January and June, deforestation fell by 34 percent compared to the same period last year. In July there was a 66 percent decrease in logging compared to a year earlier.

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    • Annett Michuki..

      45 w

      the song about deforestation should be a thing of the past

    • Jengaj John

      45 w

      With or without agreement,deforestation should be a story of the past.

      • johnte ndeto

        45 w

        such actions should be promoted to bring together nations and work together towards saving our climate

        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          45 w

          strong agreements are the backbone of good progress

          • mercy nduta

            45 w

            Curbing the felling of trees by enforcing a series of rules and laws to govern it can also be a good measure to be considered.

            • Komu Daniel

              45 w

              With well grounded agreement,its just a waste of time

              • Komu Daniel

                45 w

                @komu_daniel i mean without

              • Princess

                45 w

                It's impressive to see Amazon countries taking steps to fight deforestation, showing a commitment to preserving their valuable natural resources and biodiversity.


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