January 3, 2023 - By Renata Giraldi
Cover image for Germany donates 35 million euros to the Amazon Fund
In Manaus, the president of Germany promised investments of €35 million to preserve the Amazon - Photo: © Jens Büttner / DPA / Picture Alliance/
The president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, announced the release of 35 million euros for the Amazon Fund. It is the first practical sign of cooperation and support for the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The money will be used to combat and prevent deforestation in the Amazon.
“The German government decided that 35 million euros from the German budget will be released to the Amazon Fund. This is a signal that we want to send right now”, said Steinmeier, who came to Brazil to honor President Lula's inauguration and get to know up close projects aimed at preserving the Amazon.
The Amazon Fund lost strength in the previous administration. The purpose of the fund is to raise donations for non-reimbursable investments in actions to prevent, monitor and combat deforestation.
There are also actions to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the Legal Amazon, as well as the development of systems to monitor and control deforestation in the rest of Brazil and in other tropical countries.
The financing mechanism was deactivated in the last government and reactivated in November, following the order of the Federal Supreme Court.
Established in 2008, the fund receives donations from international institutions and governments. However, in 2019, Germany and Norway suspended transfers to new projects after the Brazilian government presented suggestions for changing the application of resources and extinguishing collegiate fund management.
Steinmeier's trip to Brazil should last three days.
The day after the inauguration, the German president went to Manaus accompanied by the German Minister of the Environment, Steffi Lemke.
“We need Brazil, we need Brazilian political leadership, for the country to play its role. And not only in the economy, but also in global climate protection”, said the German, who met with the governor of Amazonas, Wilson Lima, reinstated on the 1st, with whom he spoke about the Amazon.
In Amazonas, Steinmeier got to know up close projects and actions financed with funds from the German government. Among them is Torre Atto, in São Sebastião do Uatumã, about 240 kilometers from Manaus.
This tower monitors climate conditions in the region and issues of the greenhouse effect, coordinated by Brazilian and German researchers.
With information from the Brazil-Germany Representation, Brazil Agency, Amazon Fund