Brazil must cut deforestation 15-20% a year to reach 2030 goal, says vice president

Brazil and the United States have been negotiating since February on a possible deal to cooperate on tackling deforestation. The talks have reached an impasse with Brazil asking for money upfront and the U.S. wanting certain results first.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil needs to cut illegal deforestation by between 15% and 20% every year to eliminate it by 2030, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said on Friday, referring to a goal set by President Jair Bolsonaro in a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden this week.

Bolsonaro is set to attend a U.S. climate summit hosted by Biden next week amid international pressure to slash deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, which surged to a 12-year high in 2020 as an area 14 times the size of New York City was destroyed, government data . . .

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