The neighboring countries of Brazil, Peru and Colombia, asked other countries with a presence in the Amazon to meet next month to try to find a solution to the forest fires that ravage Brazil and Bolivia and forge a pact to protect the world’s largest tropical forest.
The meeting will take place in the Colombian region of Leticia on September 6, according to Euro News. The Peruvian President, Martín Vizcarra, and Colombian President, Iván Duque, made the announcement on Tuesday in a statement.
“We have to raise our voice to the presidential level and make a pact where we all coordinate our actions to protect our Amazon,” Duque said at a press conference in the Amazon city of Pucallpa in Peru.
The president of Peru said that the meeting will seek to engage countries with a common plan to protect the rainforest in the Amazon basin, shared by Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana and Surinam.
“There should not be just a reactive policy due to the emergency that neighboring countries face with these fires. Rather, there should be a long-term vision on how to avoid deforestation,” Vizcarra said, according to the aforementioned media.
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