Germany to Cut Amazon Funds to Brazil
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday said his country does not need Germany’s money after Berlin said it planned to cut $40 million in aid to preserve the dwindling Amazon rainforest.
“Brazilian government policies in the Amazon raise doubts about the continued sustained declines in the rate of deforestation,” German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told German television on Saturday.
Brazil’s own National Institute for Space Research reported last week that more than 2,200 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest were cleared in July for mining, farming and cattle grazing — 278% higher than in July 2018.
Bolsonaro’s administration calls the data unreliable.