The world’s three largest rainforest nations Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia on Monday formally launched a partnership to cooperate on forest preservation after a decade of on-off talks on a trilateral alliance.
Reuters reported in August that Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, elected as Brazil’s president at the end of October, would seek a partnership with the two other leading rainforest nations to pressure the rich world to finance forest conservation.
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The rapid destruction of rainforests, which through their dense vegetation serve as carbon sinks, releases planet-warming carbon dioxide, imperiling global climate targets. Regrowing previously deforested jungle has the benefit of removing greenhouse gas already in the atmosphere.
Representatives of the three countries, which represent 52% of the world’s tropical rainforest, signed the joint statement at the talks in Indonesia ahead of the G20, or Group of 20 industrialised nations, which begins on Tuesday.
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Indigenous people from various tribes taking part in the Terra Livre Indigenous Camp protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on April 13, 2022.
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“South-to-south cooperation – Brazil, Indonesia, DRC – is very natural,” the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba said prior to the signing.
“We have the same challenges, the same opportunity to be the solution to climate change.”
In the agreement, the alliance said that countries should be paid for reducing deforestation and maintaining forests as carbon sinks.
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