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Deforestation: Brazil Amazon states want to deal directly with Norway and Germany

Wednesday, August 21st 2019 - 09:50 UTC
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The states of the Amazon region regretted that Bolsonaro’s actions had led to a suspension of donations, the statement added. The states of the Amazon region regretted that Bolsonaro’s actions had led to a suspension of donations, the statement added.
Waldez Góes, governor of Amapá said that the embassies of Norway and Germany had been informed of their willingness to negotiate. Waldez Góes, governor of Amapá said that the embassies of Norway and Germany had been informed of their willingness to negotiate.

Brazilian states containing the country’s Amazon rainforest said they want to negotiate directly with European nations who fund projects to curb deforestation after changes proposed by the federal government led Norway and Germany to suspend donations.

Norway - by far the biggest donor to the Amazon Fund - said last week it had suspended its donations after the right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro changed the fund’s governance structure and closed down the steering committee that selects the projects to back. Germany has also suspended its funding.

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.

The move comes amid increasing fears surrounding deforestation, which data suggest has soared since Bolsonaro took power in January. Bolsonaro has called for development of the Amazon.

The president lashed out at the move by the Europeans, and said Brazil would not take any lessons from donor countries.

Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest, which is vital to countering global warming.

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  • Terence Hill

    AUGUST 19, 2019 BY DEVILISHDYSTOPIA
    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.
    https://devilishdystopia.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/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.
    https://www. theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/28/sao-paulo-water-amazon-deforestation

    Aug 21st, 2019 - 11:14 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    You and yours should thank me. If it wasn't for my and mine's interference, the burnt area burnt would be threefold. I'm not asking for forgiveness! If Brazil elected an idiot to rule, do you expect me to commit suicide?

    Aug 21st, 2019 - 01:34 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    “The president lashed out at the move by the Europeans, and said Brazil would not take any lessons from donor countries.”

    Yeah, why would you want to take lessons from prosperous and successful countries? There's plenty of poor and miserable authoritarian states you can use as role models.

    Brasileiro, what on earth are you talking about?

    Aug 22nd, 2019 - 02:41 pm 0
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