Minister Says Brazil Preserved 84 Percent of the Amazon by its Own Efforts

The minister addressed the National Environmental Quality Agenda which was attended by CEOs, presidents and other corporate leaders, and other public officials in São Paulo. Brazilian business paper Valor Econômico says executives are uncomfortable with the president’s behavior.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Monday, September 9th, that Brazil has preserved the Amazon through its own efforts. "Brazil is a country that has preserved 84 percent of its Amazon rainforest, and has done so on its own merits, with its own efforts, and continues to preserve and defend the forest."

"We have several financial mechanisms that have been proposed internationally, including the Paris Agreement, and also the Kyoto Protocol: payment for environmental services, carbon credits, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), in short, an entire framework of funds that are being proposed . . .

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