Colomobo call Amazon fire meet

Amazon countries meet to bolster rainforest protection

In Colombia, Presidents and Ministers from seven Amazon countries met yesterday to take measures on protecting the world’s biggest rain-forest from wildfires and rampant deforestation.

Colombia’s Environment Minister Ricardo Lozano said, the new measures include the establishment of an Amazonian Cooperation Network to share information on deforestation. He added, the information includes the weather data to mitigate the effects of climate change, and threats from illegal mining and logging.

Presidents of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia also attended the meeting. Suriname’s vice-president and Guyana’s natural resources Minister also attended. Brazil was represented by the Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo.

In a message to the Summit, UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay called on leaders to reinforce existing instruments, designed to protect the Amazon.

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