27 Nov '11, 4pm

8 Amazon countries pledge more coordination in rainforest conservation

8 Amazon countries pledge more coordination in rainforest conservation mongabay.com November 27, 2011 Eight Amazon countries pledged greater cooperation in efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest from deforestation and illegal mining and logging, reports AFP . Meeting in Manaus last week, signatories of the 1978 Amazon Cooperation Treaty (OTCA) — Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela — focused on the Amazon Fund, an initiative launched by the Brazilian government in 2008 to finance conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon rainforest. Representatives coordinated a position for next June's Rio+20 conference and discussed existing agreements signed to protect the Amazon. Brazil expressed a desire to strengthen OTCA. "The Brazilian government is committed to revitalizing the Amazon Cooperation Treaty (OTCA)," said Braz...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1127-amazon_fund.html

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