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Kill politics to save the Amazon Rainforest

11 September 2019

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.

The gathering aimed "to foster a space for regional dialogue to advance the protection and sustainable use of this region, which is essential for the survival of the planet", Colombia's President Ivan Duque said.

It is very unfortunate that the world famous Amazon rainforest is burning, and the president of Brazil seems to be too focused on getting an apology from the French president for some of the latter's off-the-cuff remarks.

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However, speaking by videoconference, he urged other leaders to resist calls, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron, to internationalise protection of the Amazon.

Bolsonaro and Macron clashed in the run-up to the G7 summit after Macron threatened to torpedo the EU-Mercosur trade agreement over the Brazilian leader's stance on climate change, declaring that the worldwide community must take action regarding the fires. The seven nations also agreed to put more efforts into education and increase the role of indigenous communities. This, among other policies created to relax restrictions on illegal logging and exploitation of the Amazon has earned Bolsonaro the somewhat self-endowed nickname, "Captain Chainsaw".

"We desired to provide larger and enhance the cooperation between us, precisely to meet the sizable challenges of the Amazon, which will doubtless be turning into extra extreme and extra intense on each day basis", he educated newshounds in Leticia.

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France's foreign minister on Sunday said that comments by Brazilian officials about French President's wife Brigitte Macron were "unworthy".

"We opt to give concrete solutions", Vizcarra educated the conference.

"These instruments should be strengthened, more states encouraged to ratify them, increase protected areas, strengthen surveillance and action capabilities". Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname signed a pact, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring, the BBC reported Friday.

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Venezuela, despite having a super swath of the Amazon, used to be now not invited, as host Colombia does now not acknowledge the presidency of Nicolas Maduro.

Kill politics to save the Amazon Rainforest