An aerial view of forest fire in the Amazon over Indigenous territory in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil on August 23, 2019. (Reuters)
GEORGETOWN – Guyana has signed a pact to protect the world’s largest tropical forest.
The signing took place on Friday in Letecia, Columbia, where officials from Guyana joined six fellow Amazonian countries.
The pact, signed at a time when the Amazon is under threat from fires, aims to coordinate disaster response and satellite monitoring.
Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman, who represented President David Granger, signed on behalf of Guyana.
Colombia’s President Ivan Duque, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno and Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra were the heads of state who signed.
Suriname’s Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin and Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo signed the pact on behalf of their respective countries.
Trotman, in delivering a message on behalf of Granger reiterated to the South American leaders that, “our president is the visionary who conceptualised the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) for Guyana – it is our lighted path towards attaining a green and sustainable economy and is open to be shared and improved upon.
“An inferno in the Amazon, two-thirds of which is in Brazil, and the reason for us being here, threatens the rainforest eco-system and also affects the entire globe,” Trotman related. (CMC)