Demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon

The government of Brazil led by Bolsonaro favour the development of the Amazon rainforest over conservation, escalating deforestation. Deforestation threatens indigenous populations who live in the forest, loss of a precious and complex ecosystem and a vital carbon store that slows global warming.

This petition closed on 6 Nov 2019 with 123,309 signatures


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1. Deforestation in the Amazon
03/10/2019 - Parliamentary Research

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3. WWF - written evidence
18/12/2018 - Inquiry: Global Britain and South America - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: many others. Brazil and Colombia are the most biodiverse countries in the world, and the Amazon is the world’s

4. Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) - written evidence
10/10/2018 - Inquiry: UK aid for combating climate change - International Development Committee
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1. Amazon Deforestation
07/10/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: considered e-petition 266638 relating to deforestation in the Amazon.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2: mention Brazil, but I understand that it is responsible for about half the deforestation of the Amazon, and - Speech Link
3: refers to. The Amazon rainforest is 5.5 million sq km of rainforest surrounding the Amazon river. Some 60% - Speech Link

2. World Biodiversity
24/11/2015 - Grand Committee

1: Government what steps they are taking to tackle the loss of world biodiversity caused by human activity. - Speech Link
2: the melting ice at the North Pole, polar bear populations were expected to decline by 30%, confirming their - Speech Link

3. International Sustainability: Natural Resources and Biodiversity
04/11/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: kinds helps us to understand a bit more about the complex issues around the SDGs, as those we try to support - Speech Link

4. Oil Palm Plantations
24/03/2015 - Lords Chamber

1: assessment of the current extent of tropical rainforest destruction. I have sought information about - Speech Link

5. Palm Oil
10/12/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: shampoos and lipsticks. In recent decades, global demand for products containing palm oil has increased - Speech Link

6. Endangered Species: Developing Countries
20/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: true; many of our most engendered species and precious habitats now face real crisis because of the economic - Speech Link
2: term, improving the support that we provide for conservation projects, as the hon. Gentleman rightly says - Speech Link

7. Restoring Nature and Climate Change
28/10/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: commitment to nature’s recovery.We need to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C to avoid the catastrophic - Speech Link
2: We must not put noughts on. We need the northern forest, millions of trees planted and so much more. Does - Speech Link
3: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services that show that nature and climate crisis - Speech Link
4: When we consider that globally peatlands can store more carbon than rainforests, we need to be doing much - Speech Link
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01/11/2016 - Westminster Hall

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9. Oral Answers to Questions
03/09/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: fundamentally for them to resolve, as recognised in UN Security Council resolutions and the Simla agreement - Speech Link
2: The hon. Gentleman will know that there have been UN Security Council resolutions on the situation in - Speech Link
3: to secure a long-term solution based on the 1948 UN resolution, so that there can be a plebiscite for - Speech Link
4: keenly they are felt. I have already referred to the UN Security Council resolutions and to the Simla agreement - Speech Link
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6: There has been a discussion about it within the UN Security Council. All and any allegations of human - Speech Link

10. Climate Change: Extreme Weather Events
13/11/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: lights are on red and that we have 12 years to limit global temperature growth to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial - Speech Link

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Indigenous people have called for the EU to impose trade sanctions on Brazil to halt the deforestation because they fear genocide. Also, the UK parliament has recognised a climate emergency. Since the Amazon rainforest is an important carbon store, absorbing huge volumes of CO2 each year, it's deforestation is of global significance. The intrinsic value of the rainforest should also be recognised.
Trade sanctions are used elsewhere for important issues as an effective means to force action.


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Government Response

The United Kingdom shares concerns about deforestation in the Amazon. The Government believes these issues can be addressed most effectively through dialogue and our bilateral programmes.


The United Kingdom shares concerns about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, and the severe impact on the climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. However, key to tackling these issues is to work with Brazil to find solutions rather than imposing sanctions.

Deforestation is an issue the United Kingdom has been dedicated to addressing in partnership with Brazil for a long time. Since 2012, the United Kingdom has invested nearly £120 million in a number of International Climate Finance programmes. These programmes help to tackle deforestation, and support Brazil’s rural communities, farmers and businesses to produce food and adopt sustainable agricultural practices that prevent forest fires, protect natural habitats and improve livelihoods.

In response to the recent forest fires, the Prime Minister pledged a further £10 million at the G7 summit on 25 August. This contribution is an expansion of an existing project: Partnerships for Forests. The funding will increase the programme’s support for the protection and restoration of Brazil’s rainforests, including areas impacted by the recent fires. Brazil, in response to international pressure, has launched an unprecedented operation to combat the fires, deploying 43,000 military staff.

The United Kingdom firmly believes climate change is one of the most important global issues and international cooperation is vital. Brazil is an important partner in this endeavour and has a critical role to play - we must work with them to find solutions. We have an ongoing dialogue with Brazil on these issues at both ministerial and official level.

The United Kingdom will continue to monitor the situation in the Amazon closely and raise these critical issues in our dialogue with Brazil. The Government remains committed to supporting efforts to tackle deforestation in the Amazon through our bilateral programmes.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office.


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