Legal Amazon and international consortium to close agreement

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This Saturday (6), there are no official negotiations on the final text of the book of the Paris agreement at COP26, the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland. The day will be dedicated only to multilateral meetings.

However, a ceremony is scheduled for the end of the afternoon for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Legal Amazon Consortium and the Coalition aimed at reducing carbon emissions through forest financing (known by the acronym LEAF ).

The goal of this coalition is to stop deforestation by financially helping to protect tropical forests on a large scale. In 2021, LEAF mobilized $1 billion in public and private financing.

On Friday (5), the governor of Pará, Helder Barbalho, arrived at COP 26 representing the group of nine states that comprise the Legal Amazon.

The Environment Secretary of Pará, Mauro O’ de Almeida, had met with the Minister of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom, George Eustice, to discuss another agreement that aims to receive part of the 1.5 billion pounds from the British government to fight deforestation around the world.

“From a strategic point of view, the minister said that the United Kingdom wants to support subnational states, especially the Amazon. We presented him with a green recovery plan including forest restoration, combating deforestation and bioeconomy. And before that, we had a meeting with an investment agency also from the United Kingdom and they opened the doors for us to make investments in green infrastructure”, said Mauro O’ de Almeida, who added that 300 million pounds are already reserved by the British government. to the Amazon within the South American continent.

Governor Helder Barbalho also recalled that the Amazon Fund, administered by the federal government, has been paralyzed since 2019.

“It is essential to rebuild bridges. In 2019, we governors of Amazônia Legal held several meetings with the ministry and embassies of Norway, the United Kingdom and Germany to try to return the dialogue and to show that there were good intentions. Unfortunately, the intensification of this process led to the freezing. Since then, there has been no new procedure that puts us in a horizon of close expectation. This fund was responsible for several programs and we still have active programs that are prior to 2019 and that are fundamental. Pará was the state that most received resources from this fund. To get an idea of ​​what we got from the resources that make up the Amazon Now Plan (state) for inspection and monitoring, it was from the Petrobras Fund from the Lava Jato”, mentioned Barbalho.

A CNN contacted the Ministry of the Environment about the Amazon Fund, but still has not received an answer.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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