Itamaraty informed that the three countries with the largest tropical forests in the world – Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – signed an alliance to preserve the biome. The announcement was made on Monday (14) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The final text of the joint communiqué can be consulted here🇧🇷 The statement was signed in Bali, Indonesia, by representatives of the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investments of the Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The creation of the alliance had been announced on the 7th, in Egypt, during COP27, the United Nations conference on climate change. The initiative is a result of discussions initiated during COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, which continued at the G20 Environment ministers’ meeting, in August, in Bali, and deepened during the pre-COP, in Kinshasa, last October.
The coalition’s objective is to value the countries’ biodiversity and promote fair remuneration for the ecosystem services provided by the three nations – especially through carbon credits from native forests. The alliance signals to the international community that the issue of conservation and sustainable use of this environmental asset must be led by those who hold the main forests in the world.
In August, during a bilateral meeting between ministers Joaquim Leite, from Brazil, and Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, from Indonesia, the Ministry of the Environment presented environmental policies developed over the last four years, as a protagonist in the creation of the global carbon market, in COP26, the decree establishing the Brazilian Carbon Credits Market, the Zero Methane Program and the Floresta+ Payment for Environmental Services Program.
On the occasion, the Indonesian representative acknowledged Brazil’s leadership and mentioned that good Brazilian practices could be replicated in his country and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pandjaitan also reaffirmed his desire to formalize the creation of the group, this alliance between the three largest holders of tropical forests.
The announcement was made by the secretary of Climate and International Relations at the Ministry of the Environment, Marcus Henrique Paranaguá, and by the deputy ministers of Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “We are very happy to announce this agreement that we have been working hard on since last year. The ministers of the three countries recognize the importance of taking care of the largest tropical forests in the world”, stated Paranaguá.