Brazil, home to 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, is set to sign a major international agreement on forest conservation at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. This was stated by Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto, Secretary for Multilateral Policy at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We have already confirmed that we will sign the agreement,” Franco de Carvalho said. “This shows once again the new position of Brazil, which is committed to sustainable development and the fight against climate change.” “Brazil hopes that the world’s largest economies will also make efforts, especially in the context of reducing the use of fossil fuels, which are the main driver of global warming,” he added.
The so-called forest deal is one of the key climate files that will be discussed at the United Nations Climate Conference in Glasgow. The Forest Conservation Agreement should allow for clear goals to be set in combating deforestation and soil erosion.
Since President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019, Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has shrunk by about 10,000 square kilometers annually. Bolsonaro, who will not be in Glasgow himself, has already pledged in April to end all illegal deforestation by 2030.
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