Länder Seek Assistance Against Deforestation Amazon

Nine Brazilian Länder, wholly or partly in the Amazon, are negotiating assistance with international organizations in the fight against deforestation. They bypass the federal government with that action.

Flávio Dino, the left-wing governor of Maranhão who is seen as a serious presidential candidate in 2022, presented the joint renewal plan in capital Brasilia on Friday. One of the main objectives in the Plano de Recuperação Verde is to end the illegal tree cover. That must be achieved by 2030. Creating jobs and supporting the transition to a greener economy are other spearheads.

The world is moving and Brazil cannot stand still for national political reasons. The price for our country could be very high, Dino said. Among other things, he talked to the LEAF Coalition, a fund set up by the U.S., British and Norwegian governments to save the rainforest.

The destruction of the Brazilian jungle has increased considerably since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019. Environmental organizations and foreign governments complain about this disturbing development. Bolsonaro encourages mining and agriculture in the vulnerable Amazon region.