Norway has suspended funding that was supporting measures to curb deforestation in Brazil after the country blocked the operations of a fund receiving the aid, the Norwegian ministry of climate and environment said on Thursday.
Norway has worked closely with Brazil to protect the Amazon rainforest for more than a decade, and has paid some US$ 1.2 billion to the Amazon Fund, to which it is by far the biggest donor.
The aid that Brazil receives depends on the results of works to curb deforestation and for 2018 the funding would amount to some 300 million Norwegian crowns (US $33.27 million), but Norway will not proceed with the payment, the ministry confirmed.
The amount was approximate and a preliminary calculation, a ministry spokeswoman said. Ola Elvestuen, Norway´s environment minister, told newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv the funding will not take place as Brazil has broken its agreement with Norway and Germany by closing down the board of the Amazon Fund and its Technical Committee.
Last month, Norway expressed alarm over accelerating destruction of the Amazon and concern for the future of a Brazilian rainforest protection fund.
Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest, which is seen as vital to countering global warming.
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AUGUST 19, 2019 BY DEVILISHDYSTOPIAAug 20th, 2019 - 11:33 am 0
This is Sao Paulo today, 4PM. The cloud from the burning of Amazon rainforest in Rondonia, covered the city. Sao Paulo is 2466 km (1532 miles) distant from Porto Velho.
The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water. It is one of three mega-projects that will together cost close to R$3bn (£695m) - a huge chunk of Sapesb's budget - but should provide enough extra back-up capacity to withstand a drought as bad as the one that hit two years ago.
Brazilian states bypass Bolsonaro to discuss rainforest protection funding directly
Waldez Góes, governor of Amapá state and president of an organization that groups the Amazon states, said in a statement over the weekend that the embassies of Norway and Germany had been informed of their willingness to negotiate.
The states of the Amazon region regretted that Bolsonaro’s actions had led to a suspension of donations, the statement added.
“Governors of the Amazon bloc want to directly participate in decisions to reformulate Amazon Fund rules, which are being established by state-run development bank BNDES,” Góes said.
We Brazilians will clear 5% of the Amazon rainforest to expand our livestock first, after 3 years we will plant soybeans, cotton and corn. We Brazilians will not stop until we reach this goal. We do not want confusion with anyone and do not agree with Bolsonaro's words. We need the world, and we will work to make everything happen as planned. The forest is very large and occupies more than half of our territory. We need the money that agribusiness brings.Aug 16th, 2019 - 01:04 pm -1