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17 Nov 2022


Brazil: Bolsonaro's delegation take advocates of agricultural expansion in the Amazon to COP27 and president-elect Lula announces the creation of a Ministry of Indigenous People


"COP27: ‘Brazil is back’ to fight deforestation, Lula says, but hurdles await", 17 November 2022

...Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has reinvigorated hopes for climate progress at a so far disappointing COP27 summit, but he faces a long road to the crucial goal of halting Amazon deforestation.

Amazon experts say Lula must quickly strengthen environmental law enforcement when he takes office in January, reversing the anti-environmental rulings of predecessor Jair Bolsonaro, while also calling for more international financing for forest conservation.

Lula came to the summit just two weeks after his electoral victory, promising that “Brazil is back” on the world stage, with climate as the highest priority of his administration. At the just concluded G20 meeting in Bali, Brazil and the world’s other two biggest rainforest countries — the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia —  signed a pact that Lula said is “seeking finance mechanisms to stop deforestation.”

Although Lula didn’t name a new environment minister, he announced the creation of a Ministry of Indigenous People and offered to host COP30 in the Brazilian Amazon...

This boisterous celebration contrasts sharply with the official COP delegation representing the Bolsonaro administration, which brought along advocates of agricultural expansion in the Amazon...