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.