Brazil seeks US$1 billion in foreign aid to curb Amazon deforestation by 30-40% -environmental minister

Brazil has been widely criticized for its failure to curb deforestation in the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s environment minister wants US$1 billion in foreign aid from countries including the United States to help reduce deforestation in the Amazon between 30% and 40%, according to an interview published on Saturday in newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.

“The plan is US$1 billion over 12 months,” minister Ricardo Salles told the newspaper. “If those resources were available to be used in that way (to fight deforestation), we can commit to a reduction of between 30% and 40% in 12 months.”

Brazil has been widely criticized for its failure to curb deforestation . . .

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