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Should Biden and Bolsonaro partner to protect the Amazon? Some Brazilian activists say no

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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When then-presidential candidate Joe Biden offered Brazil $20 billion last year to protect the Amazon, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rejected it with scorn. Now, Brazilian activists worry that the two leaders could actually end up striking a deal.

(CNN)When then-presidential candidate Joe Biden offered Brazil $20 billion last year to protect the Amazon, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rejected it with scorn.

The US hopes to see "a very clear commitment" from Brazil to fighting illegal deforestation in the Amazon ahead of an April 22 summit of world leaders convened by Biden to discuss the environment, a State Department spokesperson told CNN this week.

"No talks should move forward until Brazil has slashed deforestation rates to the level required by the national climate change law and until the string of bill proposals sent to Congress containing environmental setbacks is withdrawn," the letter also said.

"Negotiating teams of the two countries have come together to deepen understandings about the needs and opportunities to enhance the Amazon biome and combat illegal deforestation, among other topics," the Brazilian Foreign Ministry told CNN.

The US sees the country as a vital partner to mitigating climate change and reducing global emissions, the State Department spokesperson said, and "supporting and encouraging Brazil's actions to reduce deforestation and lock in a pathway to a strong net zero-emissions future" is a "key focus" for the Biden administration.

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