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Peru along with Colombia pledge to protect Amazon region

Peru along with Colombia pledge to protect Amazon region

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Aug 2019 7:15 PM GMT

Lima: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque have pledged to work together to protect the Amazon region amid international concern over wildfires that are destroying large tracts of the rainforest. During a binational Cabinet meeting in the Amazonian city of Pucallpa in eastern Peru on Tuesday, the two countries signed a joint declaration calling for the need to protect the rainforest from illegal commercial activities and pollutants. After signing the document, Vizcarra said the fires have drawn “the attention of several countries and communities around the world”, Xinhua news agency reported. Vizcarra said that caring for the Amazon, considered the “lungs of the planet”, should be permanent and added that it was essential to combat illegal logging, mining and other activities including planting drugs for trafficking. The idea is “to propose a comprehensive plan of action to support and develop the Amazon”, he said. (IANS)

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