Aug 9, 2023

Amazon nations fall short of agreed goal to end deforestation

The eight countries that share the Amazon basin have fallen short of an agreed goal to end deforestation. Preserving the Amazon is a central part of efforts to tackle climate change. Ahead of the summit, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had called for a common goal of ending deforestation by 2030, a policy his own government has already adopted. The joint statement, named the Belém declaration, said the new alliance would aim to "Prevent the Amazon from reaching a point of no return". Colombia's President, Gustavo Petro, for example, wants other countries to match his pledge to ban new oil exploration, while Brazil is considering exploring new areas at the mouth of the Amazon river.

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