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Bolsonaro rejected help and now says Brazil have no resources to fight huge wildfires in Amazon

Christian Fernsby |
WWF expressed its serious concern about the spread of fires in the Amazon that threatens the existence of the world's largest tropical forest.

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Topics: BRAZIL    AMAZON    FIRE    BOLSONARO   

Brazil lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires, Bolsonaro said after telling donors he did not need their money.

This is habitat of thousands of animals and plants and home to more than 34 million people, including around 500 indigenous peoples.

The fires are consuming important areas of forest in the Brazilian and Bolivian Amazon, and in other ecoregions within the Chiquitano Forest, the Chaco and the Cerrado.

Faced with this ecological devastation, WWF calls on the countries of the region to protect the Amazon, fight deforestation and reduce the causes behind these fires.

Prosecutors said they will investigate an ad reportedly published by a local newspaper last week encouraging farmers to participate in a “Fire Day”

The Amazon plays an important role in the climate regulation of South America, even influencing the rainfall regime of the region.

In addition to seriously affecting the biodiversity of the area, the fires that have intensified for about two weeks, worsen the climate crisis due to carbon emissions from the burning of organic materials.

The affected areas will be more vulnerable to droughts, floods and other effects of climate change, due to lack of vegetation.

Forest loss will also reduce the capacity of ecosystems to absorb carbon dioxide.

The generation and expansion of smoke compromises the air quality of several regions relatively close to fires and even distant cities like Sao Paolo, Brazil.

The immediate impact of fires on biodiversity is the death of thousands of animals and plants that inhabit these forests, including emblematic species of great ecological importance such as the jaguar, but, in addition, burning causes a loss of habitat that threatens the survival of the species.

These fires also involve serious social, economic and public health problems.

The livelihoods of small local producers and indigenous peoples are threatened by the spreading of the flames.

Among those affected is the indigenous Chiquitana community of Santa Monica in Bolivia, which, in the last two weeks alone, has lost approximately US$60,000 in income from the sustainably managed timber production in the Monte Verde territory.

Historically, fires in the Amazon have been linked to deforestation due to the expansion of agricultural activity and this occasion is no exception, as was verified with the increase in deforestation in the last year.

According to the Environmental Research Institute of the Amazon of Brazil (IPAM), the 10 municipalities with the most heat sources are the same ones that have the highest deforestation.

The conditions of the dry season this year have been within normal ranges so the large number of fires experienced in comparison to other years cannot be attributed to the weather.

Fighting this fire requires more than resources.

Fire and forest fires are caused by human action, beginning with the deforestation of forests.

Public policies must act to end large-scale deforestation in the Amazon.

WWF shares the concern of civil society and calls on government leaders to take a stand in this problem.

In this regard, WWF strongly rejects the statements of President Jair Bolsonaro, who attributes the responsibility to NGOs, delegitimizing the debate proposed by public opinion and civil society, and diverting the focus of attention from what really matters: the well-being of nature and the people of the Amazon.

To prevent future fires, it is urgent to fight the causes of deforestation throughout the biome and promote a subsequent reforestation that allows the forest to be restored and prevents further degradation and loss of vegetation.

Additionally, it is necessary to promote sustainable livelihoods for small agricultural producers, which can cause forest fires due to poor fire management as a tool to expand their land.

The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday, weeks after telling donors he did not need their money.

“The Amazon is bigger than Europe, how will you fight criminal fires in such an area?,” he asked reporters as he left the presidential residence. “We do not have the resources for that.”

Prosecutors also said they will investigate an ad reportedly published by a local newspaper last week encouraging farmers to participate in a “Fire Day,” in which they would burn large areas of forest “to show Bolsonaro their willingness to work.”

The probe is being led by prosecutors in the cities of Santarém, Itaituba, Altamira and Belém.


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