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Amazon Rainforest Fire- Brazil Bans Setting Fires for 120 Days

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Brazil's government announced on Thursday it planned to ban fires in the Amazon for 120 days, in a meeting with global investors to address their rising concerns over destruction of the rainforest. Amazon deforestation has surged in the past two years under the government of Bolsonaro, who defends opening up the world’s largest rainforest to agriculture and mining.

Vice President Hamilton Mourao told reporters that he invited investors in the video conference to help finance conservation of the forest, but he said they did not commit any funds and want to see results first.

Investors have warned that they will put investments in Brazil on hold, or even pull existing ones out, if the government of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro does not act to protect the world's largest tropical rain forest that is seen as vital to curb global warming.

Mourao said Brazil was being unfairly criticized over Amazon deforestation, which has surged since Bolsonaro took office last year. The vice president said the government had inherited understaffed environmental agencies.

Mourao said the government does not have enough personnel to stop outsiders from entering 1 million square kilometres of protected indigenous lands that are being increasingly invaded by illegal loggers and gold miners.

Public health experts and anthropologists fear the invaders are spreading coronavirus that could decimate Amazon tribes.

The Brazilian government has started new talks with donors Norway and Germany on the Amazon Fund and he expects they will overcome differences over policy that last year stalled funding of sustainability projects.

Agriculture minister ,Tereza Cristina said that, "Foreign investors were worried that a bill granting title to land in the Amazon that is currently under consideration in Congress would increase deforestation. She said that was a distortion".

Mourao said the decree banning fires for 120 days would be issued next week.

In early June, Amazon Environmental Research Institute, known as Ipam, warned that an area 11 times the size of New York City could be incinerated in the dry season. In June, the first month of the dry season, fires in this biome rose to a 13-year high, National Institute for Space Research data show. In Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland area, the number of fires this year through June is more than the double all of those recorded last year.

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