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Meeting On the Way to the Amazon Summit begins in Colombia

Bogotá, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The meeting under the name On the Way to the Amazon Summit, which will take place in Colombia, aims to unite proposals, assume political commitments focused on reversing the accelerated deterioration of the Amazon forest and work for its restoration.

The event also seeks to generate inputs, create strategic conservation actions, establish joint works to be taken to the Amazon Summit in August in Bélem de Pará (Brazil).

Leticia, the capital of the Colombian Department of Amazonas, will be the setting for the event, which will bring together environment ministers from Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

According to the announcements, the presidents of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, will be present at the meeting.

The Minister of the Environment of Colombia, Susana Muhamad, explained that the participants will discuss how to stop the illegal extraction of both minerals and hydrocarbons promoted by governments in the Amazon.

The event will seek to strengthen the cooperation treaty between nations 40 years after its creation and will raise the issue of sustained financing to allow the jungle to become a climatic pillar for humanity.

The development of a bioeconomy will also be analyzed so that the communities of the region improve their quality of life, while the forest regenerates.

The minister stressed, on Wednesday, that the Amazon will reach a point of no return if its deforestation exceeds 20 percent, which means that it will no longer be able to regenerate. “The Amazon has already reached 17 percent.” The consequences of the destruction or disappearance of the Amazon in accelerating the climate crisis across the planet are incalculable”, she warned.