02 January 2023, Brazil, Manaus: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (r) stands with scientists Stefan Wolff (M) of the Max Planck Institute and Christof Schenck, Executive Director of the Zoological Society, on a platform of the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) above the rainforest. Steinmeier is learning about research work in the tropical forest using the 325-meter-high climatic mammoth tower. Topics of the visit in the Amazon are the reduction of deforestation of the rainforest and projects for climate protection. Photo Credit: Picture Alliance/Getty ImagesEnvironment Brazil
From Europe to the Amazon: Donations Pouring in
Germany has pledged to donate a total of 222 million dollars to Brazil, to be used for an assortment of environmental policies – including for preserving the Amazon rainforest.
“With the new government and the team of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and (environment) minister Marina Silva, we have a great chance to protect the forest and to offer a new perspective to the people who live there,” says German development minister Svenja Schulze.
$38 million is set to be donated to the Amazon Fund, the most important international cooperation effort to preserve the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is crucial in the world’s fight against the devasting effects of climate change and is considered to be the most biodiverse forest in the world. Brazilian President Lula who took office in January plans to end all deforestation by 2030.