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During November last year, the world’s three largest rainforest nations Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazil formed a triple alliance to save the jungle. These three countries represent 52% of the world’s tropical rainforest.
Representatives from the countries signed the joint statement at the talks in Indonesia ahead of the G20 (Group of 20 industrialized nations) which took place in November 2022.
“South-to-south cooperation – Brazil, Indonesia, DRC – is very natural,” the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba said prior to the signing to CNN World. “We have the same challenges, the same opportunity to be the solution to climate change.”
According to CNN World, the agreement stated that the alliance said that countries should be paid for reducing deforestation and maintaining forests as carbon sinks. Also, the countries will work to negotiate “a new sustainable funding mechanism” in order to help developing countries protect and preserve their biodiversity. They also want to increase funding through the United Nations’ REDD+ program considering reducing deforestation.
Izabella Teixeira, environmental adviser in Brazil, said, during the G20 talks (which took place at the same time as the final week of COP27) that the country “seeks to get the involvement of other countries in the Amazon basin - spanning nine nations.”
“Forests matters, nature matters. And I do believe that without Amazon protection, we cannot have climate security,” said Teixeira. “I believe that Brazil should promote that other countries should come together.”