Brazil: Government creates “Amazon Council” to promote sustainable development amidst continued concern from indigenous communities

Author: Al Jazeera, Published on: 24 January 2020

“Brazil to create 'Amazon Council' to protect and develop forest”, 21st January 2020

…Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he will create an "Amazon Council" to protect and ensure the "sustainable development" of the world's largest rainforest, following intense criticism of his environmental policies.

The council will be led by Brazil's vice president, General Hamilton Mourao, Bolsonaro said on Twitter, and will coordinate "diverse actions within each ministry focused on the protection, defence and sustainable development of the Amazon."…

Bolsonaro has said previously that his government is protecting the rainforest, but he wants economic development in the Amazon to improve the lives of its 30 million inhabitants, including its Indigenous tribes. Environmentalists fear that will hasten deforestation…

The number of fires in the Amazon rainforest increased 30.5 percent in 2019 from the previous year, while deforestation rose 85 percent, according to recent data released by Brazil's space research agency INPE…

Last week, Brazilian Indigenous leaders issued a rallying call to protect the Amazon rainforest and its native tribes from what they called the "genocide, ethnocide and ecocide" planned by Bolsonaro…

Invasions of reservations by illegal loggers and miners have increased since Bolsonaro took office last year, leading to violent clashes…

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