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Bolsonaro pledges to create Amazon Council to protect rainforest

Christian Fernsby |
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he will create an Amazon Council to coordinate the protection and sustainable development of the world's largest rainforest.

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Bolsonaro, who has faced a firestorm of criticism for his environmental policies since taking power in January 2019, presided over a surge in deforestation in the Amazon last year.

The council will be led by Vice President Hamilton Mourao, Bolsonaro said on Twitter.

It will be tasked with coordinating the “various actions in each ministry concerned with the protection, defense and sustainable development of the Amazon,” he added.

A National Environmental Force charged with protecting the rainforest will also be established, Bolsonaro said.

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