South American countries Peru and Colombia proposed an emergency Amazon summit for countries in the region to coordinate a strategy to protect the vast rainforest.
Peru President Martin Vizcarra and Colombian President Ivan Duque called for an urgent meeting on September 6 in Colombia to “join forces” in protecting the rainforest, they said in a statement on the margins of a bilateral summit in Pucallpa, in Peru’s northeast.
“The Presidents recognize the necessity to join forces for the benefit of the protection and sustainable use of the Amazon region, which is one of the most important ecosystems for the planet’s resilience,” they said.
“The summit’s aim will be to establish a pact that would conserve, develop and sustainably use the Amazon while also benefitting the communities that live there.,” they added.
There is no clue about which other countries would be invited, however, the meeting will be held in Leticia, is practically on the three-way border between Colombia, Peru, and Brazil.
The statement did not mention the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization based in Brasilia that comprises eight countries — such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, and Venezuela — involved in development in the Amazon basin.
Duque said “Amazon was “a lung that benefits the world in capturing greenhouse gases, water sources and the protection of biodiversity, and its protection needs to be coordinated on a global scale,” said Duque.