French President Emmanuel Macron immediately unveils G7 fund of 20 million euros to combat wild forest fires engulfing the Amazon rainforest
- Macron has revealed that G7 countries have agreed to a firefighting fund of 20 million euros
- The amount will be spent primarily on sending firefighting aircraft to the rainforest of Brazil
- G7 members have also agreed to support a proposed reforestation plan
- Movement comes in the midst of an increasingly bitter word war involving Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro
Emmanuel Macron has unveiled an immediate G7 fund of 20 million euros to fight huge forest fires that surround the Amazon rainforest.
The French president said the G7 club – consisting of Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – had agreed to spend the money primarily on sending firefighting aircraft to Brazil.
G7 members also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan to be unveiled at the UN in September, Macron and Sebastian Pinera from Chile said at the South West France summit. Brazil should agree with every reforestation plan, as well as local communities.
The move comes in the midst of an increasingly bitter war of words between Macron and Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro about the Amazon crisis.
Emmanuel Macron (pictured today with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in Biarritz, France) has unveiled an immediate £ 18 million G7 fund to fight huge forest fires that surround the Amazon rainforest
G7 members also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan to be unveiled at the UN in September, Macron and Sebastian Pinera of Chile said at the Southwest France summit
Macron had the situation in the Amazon until an & # 39; international crisis & # 39; and made it one of the top priorities.
He has threatened to block a huge new trade agreement between the EU and Latin America unless Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a skeptic of climate change, takes serious steps to protect the forest against logging and mining.
& # 39; We must respond to the call of the forest burning in the Amazon today, & # 39; Macron said Monday.
Since the beginning of the year, nearly 80,000 forest fires have been discovered in Brazil, just over half in the vast Amazon basin.
The initiative was announced after G7 leaders' meeting at the Biarritz resort held environmental talks focusing on the fires that destroyed chunks of the Amazon
Bolsonaro has lashed out Macron for his criticism and suggested that NGOs could set fire to embarrass him – without providing any evidence to support the claim.
But at the weekend, he finally collapsed in international pressure to save a region that was crucial to maintaining a stable global climate, by deploying two planes to extinguish the fires and empower the army to start the fires to grab.
Speaking in Biarritz, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that new planting was needed to preserve this universal heritage, which is absolutely essential to the well-being of the world's population.
He said the issue would be discussed at the UN General Assembly in New York in September.
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