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Mon Nov 7, 2022, 09:52 PM

Brazil, Indonesia and DRC in talks to form 'OPEC of rainforests'

The big three tropical rainforest nations – Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – are in talks to form a strategic alliance to coordinate on their conservation, nicknamed an “OPEC for rainforests”, the Guardian understands.

The election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, has been followed by a flurry of activity to avoid the destruction of the Amazon, which scientists have warned is dangerously close to tipping point after years of deforestation under its far-right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil, Indonesia and DRC are home to 52% of the world’s remaining primary tropical forests, which are crucial to avoiding climate catastrophe, and the conservation talks are fulfilling a campaign promise by Lula.

At: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/05/brazil-indonesia-drc-cop27-conservation-opec-rainforests-aoe

Brazilian President-elect Luiz “Lula” da Silva and his running mate, Geraldo Alckmin, greet supporters at their October 30th victory rally.

da Silva has called for an “OPEC for rainforests,” and his team has begun talks with the other two major tropical rainforest nations – Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – to form a strategic alliance to coordinate on conservation efforts.

The three nations, home to 590 million people between them, are home to 52% of the world's existing rain forests - and lost nearly 6 million acres of forest land last year alone.

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