Takreem’s Laureate Razan Al Mubarak discusses Amazon deforestation with Brazil's leaders

Takreem’s Laureate Razan Al Mubarak discusses Amazon deforestation with Brazil's leaders

16 Aug 2023

Razan Al Mubarak, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28, was part of the COP28 Presidency delegation to Belem, Brazil where she engaged in bilateral meetings with various heads of state, ministers, governors, and leaders of Indigenous communities. Razan is the recipient of TAKREEM’s Environmental Development and Sustainability Award of 2022, she is the President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and has played a vital role in guiding her country toward a more sustainable future. Held in the city of Belem in Brazil, the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) Summit which started yesterday, is expected to yield an ambitious policy on protecting the world’s largest rainforest as it reaches a point of no return. The summit gathers heads of state of the eight ACTO signatories: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname as well as top-level officials of several other invited countries. The Amazon is a vital biodiversity hotspot and a carbon sink storing huge amounts of greenhouse gases that would otherwise further contribute to climate change. Yet it has been under increasing pressure – from agriculture, Illegal mining, and oil drilling. The cumulative effect of these adverse impacts and others has been so grave that last year scientists warned of possible large-scale tree die-offs which could turn the rainforest into a dry savannah. “Indigenous peoples have traditionally been overlooked in climate action campaigns,” said Al Mubarak, adding that including them in the dialogue on how to limit global warming to 1.5C is vital. “Those who live among the forests are the best stewards of the forests.” Indeed, Indigenous and tribal territories in Latin America have lower average deforestation rates than other forests. Many indigenous territories prevent deforestation just as well or in some cases even better than protected areas. For example, between 2006 and 2011, the indigenous territories in the Peruvian Amazon reduced deforestation. They achieved twice the reduction of protected areas with similar ecological conditions and accessibility.


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