Amazon Basin leaders meet to tackle forest fires

Several leaders of South American nations will meet in Colombia to participate in an emergency summit on the preservation of the Amazon.

The presidents invited to the southern city of Leticia include Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, Colombia’s Ivan Duque, Bolivia’s Evo Morales, and Peru’s Martin Vizcarra. Surinam’s Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin will also be present at the high-level meeting.

Brasil’s Jair Bolsonaro will also participate via videoconference after he announced that he could not travel to Colombia because of medical reasons.

The summit will end with a non-binding declaration, named “Pact of Leticia,” outlining resolutions that can help to protect the rainforest and its biodiversity, and avoid future fires and deforestation, according to official sources.

Sources: Prensa Latina, Science Alert, RFI.

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