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Amazon Leaders Sign Forest Protection Pact amid Wildfire

Presidents and representatives from seven  countries in South America’s Amazon region met in Colombia on Friday to discuss a joint strategy for preserving the world’s largest rainforest, which has been under threat from a record number of wildfires.

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname signed a pact, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring.

At a summit in Colombia, they also agreed to work on reforestation.  The pact will also increase cooperation on fighting causes of deforestation, including illegal mining and forest clearing for agriculture and drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra said: “Goodwill alone is not enough anymore.”

The seven nations also agreed to put more efforts into education and increase the role of indigenous communities.

More than 80,000 fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest this year.

The Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming, and 60% of it is located in Brazil.

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