Can Amazon Basin Presidents Find Consensus on Protecting the Forest?

By Cecilia Tornaghi

AQ talked to Kleber Karipuna, member of the organizing committee of the OTCA presidential summit, on the challenges facing the region—from crime to carbon markets.

Preservation of the Amazon rainforest is increasingly under international scrutiny as headlines across the globe point to climate-related disasters. But the Amazon basin is also home to 50 million people, among them 420 Indigenous groups, that want to be part of any policy discussions happening in the area. As announced by Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, then president-elect, at the COP27 conference, the Amazon city of Belém will host a summit of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (OTCA in its Portuguese and Spanish acronym) on August 8-9, gathering heads of state from...

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