Brazil's new leader promised to exploit the Amazon—but can he?, asked The National Geopgraphic a year ago after an international outcry. Obviously he does, tries more and goes further. Therefore he must be stopped now with more serious means. It is outright Genocide and Ecocide what Bolsonaro promotes. Just withdrawig some well-meaning and needed funding doesn't help against such rogue elements.

Bolsonaro is always at The Donald's Service

BTW: The Brazilian NATO-trained cyber-warfare unit and Bolsonaro's CIA friends are now engaging in attacks against websites critical of Bolsonaro. Ethics of Conquistadores and Yankees combined are a deadly mix. Roque Brazilian ISPs like Rede Brasileira de Comunicacao Ltda, BALSAS NET LTDA, ICENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA - ME, CRICCA COMERCIAL LTDA, or MIRAGENET TELECOMUNICACOES LTDA are providing attack IPs, but also Chinese and USAmerican ISPs are allowing the attack bots, set up by paid, immoral, low-live black-hat hackers - among them even one Brit hiding in Germany. Bad Karma will get to them.

 

Bolsonaro criticizes Norway after funding stop

“Norway has nothing to teach us,” says Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro after the Norwegian decision to withdraw support for the preservation of the Amazon.

Deforestation in the Brazilian part of the Amazon has risen sharply after strongly right-wing Bolsonaro took over as president.

In addition, the Norwegian government believes that Brazil has breached parts of the agreement that form the basis for cooperation with Norway on the conservation of the rainforest. Norway is, therefore, holding back NOK 300 million which Brazil was expected to receive.

Harsh criticism

The decision was announced on Thursday, 15. August 2019, and shortly thereafter Bolsonaro came out with harsh criticism of Norway. Brazilian media quoted their president as saying:

“Norway, isn’t it the country that kills whales at the North Pole? Who mines oil there? They have nothing to teach us,” Bolsonaro said. Norway has meanwhile rebuffed to Bolsonaro's false claim and stated that the Brazilian obviously doesn't even know that the Faroe Islands are not Norwegian but Denmark-administered.

He also grumbled with Germany, which, like Norway, had before the German withdrawel provided Brazil with financial support for the protection of the rainforest.

“Take the money and help Angela Merkel with planting forests in Germany,” said the Brazilian who is still president despite mass-protests against his governance.

The Norwegian-Brazilian cooperation on the preservation of the Amazon has been going on for over ten years. Deforestation in the rainforest areas leads to large emissions of greenhouse gases as well as loss of animal and plant species.

Bolsonaro: "Brazil doesn’t need Germany’s biodiversity funds"

Brazil's President Jair Messias Bolsonaro held a press conference on deforestation at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Barazil, Thursday Aug. 1, 2019. Bolsonaro threatened to dismiss more officers at the agency that monitors deforestation in the Amazon over its publication of data he disagrees with. Brutal ignorance by a Messias of Evil.

By The Associated Press - 11. August 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday dismissed the importance of Germany’s funding of sustainability projects in the South American country’s forests, as the European nation weighed withdrawing from the region.

“The country doesn’t need this,” the far-right president known for his ties to agribusiness told reporters about a possible loss of German funding in Brazil’s vast Amazon rainforest.

Citing Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, German daily Tagesspiegel reported Saturday the government planned to stop sending money to a country that is not fully committed to curbing deforestation in the Amazon. According to Tagesspiegel, the ministry is planning to initially freeze some 35 million euros ($39.6 million).

Among the projects that could suffer is the Amazon Fund, created in 2008 to receive donations to help prevent, monitor and combat deforestation in the Amazon. Germany is one of the fund’s three main contributors, along with Norway — the fund’s top contributor— and Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras.

The Bolsonaro administration has questioned the efficiency of the Amazon Fund and pushed for an internal overhaul, threatening to lose funding from Norway and Germany.

Bolsonaro and his environment minister have also questioned official numbers on deforestation rates in the Amazon published by the National Institute for Space Research, leading to the departure of the institute’s president.

COMMENT: Great, many say, then the German environmental funding can be used for more deserving countries and peoples - but unfortunately the problem with German bilateral agreements actually is that agreed funding for a specific country can not just be withheld and given to others. That is a big flaw in the system and needs to be urgently changed, so that the will of the German taxpayer, who pays for all this, can be reflected better and no longer "aid" for Indigenous peoples and nature is mixed up or disappears in "economic cooperation" with a rogue government.

Amazon deforestation prompts Germany to suspend Brazil forest projects

Germany plans to stop supporting forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil, the German environment minister told Tagesspiegel. Deforestation in Brazil has surged since Jair Bolsonaro became president, she said.



Germany said Saturday it would suspend aid to Brazil aimed at helping protect the Amazon forest in
light of the stark increase in rainforest clearings since President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

"The policy of the Brazilian government in the Amazon raises doubts as to whether a consistent reduction of deforestation rates is still being pursued," German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told Saturday's edition of the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel.

Initially the amount that will be stopped is around €35 million ($39.5 million), the newspaper reported.

Brazil is home to more than 60% of the Amazon forest, which is being cleared at an increasing rate to create more cropland.

'No need' for German Amazon aid: Brazil's Bolsonaro

President Jair Bolsonaro has dismissed the importance of German funding for forest and biodiversity projects in Brazil. "They can use this money as they see fit. Brazil doesn't need it," he said.

Smoke billows as an area of the Amazon rainforest is burnt to clear land for agriculture near Novo Progresso, Para State (Reuters)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his country has "no need" for German money aimed at supporting conservation projects in Brazil. "They can use this money as they see fit. Brazil doesn't need it," Bolsonaro told journalists in Brasilia on Sunday.

His comments come after German media reported that Berlin was considering withdrawing the funding.

Quoting Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, German daily Tagesspiegel reported Saturday that the German government was planning to stop sending money to a country that is not fully committed to curbing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Brazilian media outlets reported that Germany had decided to suspend €35 million ($39 million) in funds.

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Brazil is home to more than 60% of the Amazon rainforest, which is being cleared at an increasing rate to create more cropland. The Amazon is vital to the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — an important check on global warming.

Deforestation in Amazon from 1985 to 2017

But concern about the forest has grown since Bolsonaro took office in January.

The move to suspend the funding reflects "great concerns with an increasing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon," the German embassy in Brazil told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper on Saturday.

According to O Globo newspaper, the decision concerns only funds for new projects financed by the Ministry of Environment.

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Spike in deforestation

Brazil's national space research agency said Tuesday that roughly 2,254 square kilometers (870 square miles) of the Amazon were cleared in July, a spike of 278% from a year earlier. But the Brazilian government has claimed the data is unreliable and misleading.

"The policy of the Brazilian government in the Amazon raises doubts as to whether a consistent reduction of deforestation rates is still being pursued," Germany's Schulze told Tagesspiegel.

Bolsonaro doesn't intend to designate any further conservation areas in the forest, and has instead pledged to allow more clearances and make more economic use of the Amazon region. The former military officer has also scorned any advice from abroad.

Germany, nonetheless, plans to continue supporting the Amazon Fund, which was created in 2008 to receive donations to help prevent, monitor and combat deforestation in the Amazon. Germany is one of the fund's three main contributors.

The Bolsonaro administration, which maintains close ties to the agribusiness sector, has questioned the efficiency of the Amazon Fund.

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    Green lungs

    Tropical rainforest in the Amazon covers almost twice as much land as India. Three-quarters of it is located in Brazil. These green lungs of the Earth are threatened by illegal logging and mining.

 

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Germany to suspend Amazon aid to Brazil

Germany to suspend Amazon aid to Brazil

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By AFP - 11 August 2019

Germany said on Saturday it would suspend Brazilian aid aimed at helping protect the Amazon forest in light of data that showed deforestation had surged since President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

"Brazilian government policies in the Amazon raise doubts about continued, sustained declines in the rate of deforestation," Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told the television news show Tagesspiegel.

It said a first step would be to block payment of €35 million euros for forest conservation and biodiversity programmes until the rate of decline attained encouraging levels once again.

From 2008 until this year, Berlin has paid €95 million in support of various environmental protection programmes in Brazil.

Germany nonetheless plans to continue supporting the Amazon Fund, a forest preservation initiative created in 2008.

Norway, which has contributed the most to the fund, has threatened to withdraw, and said last year that payments to Brazil would be cut in half and might be eliminated altogether.

Concern about the forest has grown since Bolsonaro took office in January.

Brazil is home to more than 60 percent of the Amazon forest, which is being cleared at an increasing rate to create more cropland.

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) said this week that roughly 2,254 square kilometres of the Amazon were cleared in July, a spike of 278 percent from a year earlier.

A week before the numbers were released, INPE chief Ricardo Galvao was fired, and Environment Minister Ricardo Salles charged that INPE data was published in a way that satisfied "sensationalist interpretations" and was aimed at getting "more donations from foreign NGOs".

 

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The future of the rain forest depends on an economy that revolves around its conservation.

Mr. Araújo is a journalist working on a book on violence in the Amazon.

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SÃO PAULO, Brazil — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil poses the single greatest threat to the fragile equilibrium of the Amazon rain forest since the country was ruled by a military dictatorship.

Last week, the summary of a report by the United Nations, which will be published in full later this year, concluded that activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate “unprecedented in human history.” And yet Mr. Bolsonaro aims to open up the rain forest — which has already lost 20 percent of its cover — to new development.

Mr. Bolsonaro has referred to indigenous people living in reservations as zoo animals, and promised that indigenous communities would not get “one more centimeter” of protected land. Days after assuming the presidency, Mr. Bolsonaro fired Luciano de Meneses Evaristo, the widely respected director of Brazil’s agency for environmental protection who reduced Amazonian deforestation to record levels during his nine years in office.

Since then, Mr. Bolsonaro has given free rein to illegal loggers, clandestine gold miners and criminals who masquerade as meat and soybean producers, occupying protected lands. Mr. Bolsonaro and his new environment minister, Ricardo Salles, who considers climate change a “secondary issue,” have weakened institutions that fight deforestation. Twenty top officials from the Ministry of Environment have been replaced with army officers or military police officers with little, if any, experience of combating deforestation.

In a joint letter last week, eight former environment ministers warned, “We are facing a real risk of uncontrolled deforestation in the Amazon,” adding that Mr. Bolsonaro’s policies are “compromising the country's image and international credibility.”

We have been here before. The dictatorship — which ruled the country from 1964-85, and for which Mr. Bolsonaro declares himself nostalgic despite the serious abuses it committed — radically transformed the rain forest by building thousands of kilometers of roads, encouraging mass migration, and promoting environmental destruction for agricultural purposes.

As Brazil faces the effects of economic paralysis, the great temptation for the populist president is to attempt to reverse this dynamic by taking advantage of the Amazon’s riches. But the consequences of Mr. Bolsonaro’s policies are already evident. Satellite data shows that deforestation has grown steadily since his victory in October. In the first month after his election, deforestation increased more than 400 percent, compared to the previous year.

But this is not just about the environment. With more than $100 billion in agricultural exports in 2018, Brazil aspires to capitalize on the world’s growing demand for food. Mr. Bolsonaro’s campaign promises to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and develop the “unproductive Amazon,” including opening up large swaths of forests to agricultural land, could also thwart his economic agenda. President Emmanuel Macron of France has threatened to block a free-trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur, the South American trade bloc.

This economic model, now embraced by Mr. Bolsonaro, proved foolhardy in the past: It simply does not stimulate prosperity in the long term. Despite decades of resource extraction, 32 of the 50 municipalities with the lowest levels of development nationwide are in the Amazon. And of the more than 45,000 workers — who were employed under conditions of modern slavery — rescued by the authorities between 2003 and 2018, more than 10,000 were found in the Amazon state of Pará.

A partial explanation is that during the region’s exploitation, promoted by the dictatorship, there was no lasting, sustainable development plan, nor was the rule of law truly implemented. Frequently, pillaging of resources prevailed, Wild West-style, and it continues to do so today.

The Brazilian Amazon, which Global Witness declared the most dangerous place in the world for environmental activists, has had a worrisome increase in murders linked to the control of agricultural borders. During my two and a half years of research in the Amazon, I have seen such violence in many regions. Hit men, sometimes hired by large landowners, kill those opposed to replacing the forest with single-crop farming.

Destroying the Amazon to stimulate the economy in the short term, as Mr. Bolsonaro proposes, will only displace more small farmers, nut gatherers and fishermen toward the peripheries of cities such as Manaus or Belém, where the favelas grow day by day. In these impoverished areas, vulnerable populations run the risk of falling into the hands of criminal organizations that have turned the Amazon into a dangerous cocaine-trafficking corridor.

It’s not a coincidence that the homicide rate in Brazil has bifurcated over the last decade. While in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, it fell by 18.1 and 41.9 percent, in the Amazonian states it grew by 89 percent, according to a large-scale study.

Mr. Bolsonaro’s government must radically change its plans for the Amazon. It must heed civil society, indigenous groups and scientists who propose projects that generate wealth without destroying the forest or causing disorderly exoduses to the city. Given the biodiversity of the world’s largest tropical forest, the possibilities are endless.

The good news is that Brazil does not need to continue expanding its agricultural frontiers — productivity can be sufficiently improved through investment and technology. For instance, açaí berries, which come from the açaí palm and are considered a super fruit, have conquered world markets. Traditionally and ecologically harvested, their collection employs tens of thousands of people and generates hundreds of millions of dollars.

The international community must also play a key, active role. The Amazon is the Earth’s patrimony and its destruction will impact us all. Within the framework of climate agreements, Brazil should receive generous funds from developed nations in exchange for preserving the Amazon; it already receives large donations from Norway and, to a lesser extent, Germany. For the rain forest to survive, the country needs an economy that revolves around its conservation instead of its destruction.

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Heriberto Araújo, a journalist and the author of “China’s Silent Army,” is working on a book about violence in the Amazon. This article was translated by Erin Goodman from the Spanish.

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