Share article:
Share article:

G7 announces emergency aid for effort to save the Amazon

The Amazon burning. Credit: Belga.

The G7 promised $20 million in emergency aid on Monday, at its summit in Biarritz, for the deployment of water-bombing planes against the forest fires in the Amazon, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera announced.

The G7 also reached agreement on an initiative to provide medium-term aid for reforestation, which will be finalised at the UN General Assembly in late September. The initiative will require Brazil’s agreement. It will also entail working with NGOs and local populations.

This “Initiative for the Amazon” was announced at the end of a session of the summit devoted to the environment. The situation in the Amazon, which has created strong international concern, was discussed at that session.

Emmanuel Macron has made the Amazon one of the summit’s priorities, calling on Saturday for a mobilisation of all powers to fight against the forest fires and reforest the area.

Calling out Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Macron stressed the need to answer the call of the forest which, he noted, was burning today in the Amazon in a very concrete way.

According to the latest figures, 79,513 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the start of this year, just over half of them in the Amazon. Under international pressure, Brazil finally went into action on Sunday in the Amazon, sending two C-130 Hercules planes there.


The Brussels Times

 

Latest news

Belgium main EU importer of kangaroo meat after cruel hunting
A recent Australian report discloses cruel hunting of kangaroo whose meat and skins are exported to among others EU member states. The report, ...
EU recognises UK Covid pass as ‘equivalent’ to EU Digital Covid Certificate
On Thursday, the European Commission adopted two new decisions certifying that the Covid-19 passes issued by the United Kingdom and Armenia are ...
Antwerp’s first garden street officially opens this weekend
Antwerp's very first "Garden Street" – which replaces tarmac roads with green spaces – will officially open this weekend. Situated on Lange ...
Belgium relaxes testing rules for UK travellers
At the Consultative Committee meeting on Tuesday, the Belgian authorities decided to relax the testing policy for travellers entering the country ...
Far-right MP calls for resistance against CST and face masks
Companies in Flanders should disobey the newly announced measures, according to Flemish group leader of the far-right Vlaams Belang party, Chris ...
How a clever cycling network brings bikers to Flanders
Belgium has always had a special relationship with cycling, but a clever Flemish system of route nodes makes it easier than ever. As Daniela De ...
Brexit fishing conflict escalates: France to adopt retaliatory measures
The conflict between France and the UK over fishing licences post-Brexit continues to escalate. France is set to adopt retaliatory measures ...
Mandatory from Monday: the new rules for Belgium’s Covid Safe Ticket
From Monday 1 November, presenting the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will become mandatory in all hospitality businesses and fitness centres throughout ...
Car falls off opening bridge in Leuven, parents and child slightly injured
On Wednesday afternoon, a young family experienced the fright of their lives in Leuven when the bridge across the Vaartkom that they were driving on ...
Brussels and Wallonia once again dark red on European travel map
The Brussels-Capital Region and Wallonia have turned dark red in the latest update to the travel map by the European Centre for Disease Prevention ...
Belgium in Brief: What Now?
We've had the meeting, we know the results, and now the time has come to see what happens next. So I find myself wondering a simple question: ...
Floating solar farm to be built along Ostend coast next year
Dutch company Oceans of Energy has announced plans to construct a solar farm off the coast of Ostend next year that should eventually provide enough ...