Brazil's president again stresses sovereignty over Amazon

Brazil's president again stresses sovereignty over Amazon

The summit took place as Brazil was coming under global criticism over tens of thousands of wildfires that have ravaged its 60 percent share of the Amazon this year. It came after the agency released data showing a 6 percent increase in deforestation in June compared to the same period a year ago.

The current fires in the Amazon are largely attributed to people clearing the forest for cattle ranching and crops. More than 80,000 fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest this year.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, broadly criticized over insurance policies that opt deforestation and a delayed reaction to the wildfires, did now not shuffle to Leticia, citing clinical doctors' orders.

With over 10,000 species going extinct every year and carbon emissions steadily climbing, losing the Amazon could mean losing a significant portion of the world along with it.

According to the opposition, loggers and farmers have also intensified their destructive activities in the Amazonian region under the protection of the Bolsonaro administration. Environment Minister Ricardo Salles appeared to disagree with the president's spokesperson, telling reporters that Brazil would take the money. Bolsonaro wants to open up the rainforest for commercial exploration.

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Late previous year, he pushed for Brazil to withdraw its offer to host the United Nations' climate conference and he has also emphatically refused offers of aid from other countries to help fight the blazes.

However, speaking by videoconference, he urged other leaders to resist calls, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, to internationalise protection of the Amazon. "Macron can not even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site".

The director of the institute later said he was sacked.

In the weeks since the meeting, the Brazilian leader has agreed to accept some foreign aid, but only with significant control over how it is spent.

Through the "Pact for the Amazon", the signatory countries have agreed to undertake and carry out coordinated actions to combat deforestation and exchange information about illegal activities in the Amazon basin. Aside from the absence of the Amazon, the process of destroying the forest would spell disaster as well. Previous Brazilian governments have managed to reduce deforestation over the past decade.

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