EU says only stopping Amazon deforestation in Brazil is “enough”

“2021 was a record year for deforestation in the Amazon and‘ we’ll see an even worse year in 2022, ’” Sinkevicius told the news agency Efelle. “The trend is definitely not positive,” he added.

“Despite our efforts, we need to take immediate action and find a way to take immediate action to reverse this trend,” said the European Commissioner.

On Saturday, Sinkevicius concluded an official visit to Brazil, which took him to Manaus, Brasília and São Paulo, the capitals of the Amazon state, and met with local authorities, representatives of civil society and representatives of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region.

On Saturday, the EU commissioner met with Brazilian Environment Minister Joaquim Leite, with whom he discussed, among other things, illegal logging in the Amazon region of Brazil, which controls 60 percent of the total tropical forest area. in the world. on the planet.

“There is room for cooperation so that we can work together and ensure that deforestation stops,” Sinkevicius said.

A report released Thursday by Global Forest Watch, the planet’s forest observation platform, showed that Brazil was the world leader in tropical deforestation in 2021.

According to the report, about 3.75 million hectares of primary tropical forest were lost worldwide last year, of which Brazil accounted for 1.5 million hectares, mainly in the Amazon region.

“Brazil has a huge experience that has already worked [no passado]. See data for 2004 and 2005. Brazil managed to reduce deforestation, increase agricultural exports and increase international trade, ”Sinkevicius said.

Despite a commitment by President Jair Bolsonaro’s government to eradicate illegal deforestation by 2028, it has put forward measures such as a bill that would allow the ore to be explored from its original resources.

Sinkevicius stressed that “this would be a setback for Brazil’s commitments” at the November climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

The commissioner said the EU was ready to “technically support” Brazil.

“But it is our responsibility to ensure that our consumer markets do not contribute to deforestation. There is a legislative proposal that will allow us to ensure that there is no room in the European market for deforestation – related products, “he added.

The Bolsonaro administration’s environmental agenda “is not the biggest” obstacle, but it “plays an important role” in the final ratification of the trade agreement between Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and the EU, Sinkevicius acknowledged.

In order to ratify the trade agreement, the EU has demanded that Brazil and Argentina commit themselves to meeting their CO2 reduction targets.

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