Brazilian president-elect aims to push for more ambitious climate goals and strengthen international cooperation to protect the area, which has hit record levels of deforestation and fires under the administration headed by Bolsonaro
Photo after the meeting of Lula da Silva and John Kerry. (Official Lula)
The United States maintains its commitment to preserve the Amazon and will work with the new Brazilian government and other allied countries to that end, the special envoy for climate change, John Kerry, declared this Wednesday at COP27, after meeting the day before with President-elect Luiz Inácio. Lula da Silva.
”I was happy to meet last night (Tuesday) with President Elect Lula and felt encouraged the way he spoke, to face the problem once and for all, to preserve the Amazon”, Kerry declared in an act on biodiversity at the UN climate conference.
”We will work diligently towards that goal together with our allies, Norway, Germany and other countries that they have been deeply committed to that for a long time,” he added.
Lula arrived at COP27 amid great anticipation, although he still has six weeks to go before he takes office.
The president Brazil's elected Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the COP27 climate summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, November 16, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
”Brazil will once again be a reference in the world climate issue”, the leftist leader said on his Twitter account upon landing in Sharm el Sheikh.
Lula also posted on his official account photos of his meetings with Kerry and the Chinese chief negotiator at COP27, Xhi Zhenhua.
Following Lula's victory, Norway and Germany announced their willingness to resume their financial support to preserve the virgin Amazon rainforest in Brazil, after withdrawing it in 2019 shortly after Jair Bolsonaro came to power.
One of Lula's special envoys to COP27 before his arrival, former minister Marina Silva, assured that additional partners are already being sought.
The deputy Brazil's federal elect Marina Silva poses during an interview with Reuters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 3, 2022. REUTERS/Carla Carniel
Norway is the largest contributor to that fund, and according to his environment ministry, there is currently 641 million dollars available.
A NEW HOPE
At a press conference in Washington, after Lula's victory, Kerry stated that the leader of the Brazilian left is “committed” to the climate, something he demonstrated with the policies he carried out when he was president of the South American giant between 2003 and 2011.
“I am confident that he will be able to intensify these policies with the necessary reforms to try to save the Amazon, where 25 million people live”, said the veteran politician, who was Secretary of State for former President Barack Obama.
Kerry criticized the fact that during Bolsonaro's term, “unfortunately deforestation has increased dangerously in the Amazon, to the levels we have today”.
A view Aerial shows deforestation near a forest on the border between the Amazon and the Cerrado in Nova Xavantina, Mato Grosso state, Brazil. July 28, 2021. Image taken with a drone. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
The Brazilian president-elect aims to push for more ambitious climate goals and strengthen international cooperation to protect the Amazon, which has reached record levels of deforestation and fires under the Bolsonaro administration.
THE SITUATION OF THE AMAZON
In recent years, under Bolsonaro in Brazil, the Amazon has reached record levels of deforestation and fires. According to official figures, between August 2020 and July 2021, this area reached its highest level of deforestation in 15 years. Added to this are satellite monitoring that shows that the trend for the current year is only on track to surpass that of the previous one.
On the other hand, a recent study by the National Institute of Space Research (Inpe) assured that more than 76,000 fires were recorded in 2020, the highest number since 2010. Thus, between August 2020 and July 2021, 13,000 square kilometers -the equivalent of nine times the city of Sao Paulo-.
(with information from AFP, EFE and AP)