Brazilian President dismisses the importance of German Amazon aid

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out at Germany after Berlin's Environment Ministry said it was cutting financial support for projects aimed at preserving the Amazon forest due to increasing deforestation, news wires reported. "(Germany) is not going to buy the Amazon," Bolsonaro told journalists in the capital, Brazilia, on Sunday. "They can make good use of this money. Brazil doesn't need it."

The comments came one day after German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said her ministry intended to stop funding projects for the protection of forests and biodiversity in the country as a result of the drastic increase in deforestation recently reported in Brazil.

"The policy of the Brazilian government in the Amazon raises doubts as to whether a consistent reduction of deforestation rates is still being pursued," Schulze said in an interview with German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel published on Saturday. According to the Tagesspiegel report, the move will freeze around €35m of funding from the ministry's international climate change initiative. Approximately €95m were earmarked for Brazil in 2008, DPA reported.

In data published last week, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research said satellite images showed that deforestation in the Amazon had increased by 88% year-on-year in June and by 212% year-on-year in July in Brazil. The country is home to more than 60% of the Amazon forest, which is being cleared at an increasing rate to create more cropland.


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