Brazilian President Bolsonaro backtracks on claim NGOs started Amazon fires

8/22/2019 7:13:00 PM

Brazilian President Bolsonaro backtracks on claim NGOs started Amazon fires

Brazilian President Bolsonaro backtracks on claim NGOs started Amazon fires

Jair Bolsonaro says he never claimed NGOs were starting fires and adds that he was talking only of his suspicions.

Image:The states worst affected this year are Mato Grosso, Para and Amazonas, which fall within the Amazon regionThe comments come after environment minister Ricardo Salles was booed as he took the stage at a UN workshop on climate change in the northern state of Bahia on Wednesday.

Some audience members at the event - which Mr Salles tried to cancel earlier this year - shouted and waved placards emblazoned with the words"stop ecocide" and"the Amazon is burning".The minister spoke briefly at the workshop and said climate change needed to be addressed.

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Some audience members at the event - which Mr Salles tried to cancel earlier this year - shouted and waved placards emblazoned with the words"stop ecocide" and"the Amazon is burning". The minister spoke briefly at the workshop and said climate change needed to be addressed. Scientists claim since Mr Bolsonaro took office deforestation and development in the Amazon has escalated, which directly impacts the prolificacy of wildfires. Pressure has been growing on the Brazilian government after the country's official monitoring agency reported a sharp increase in Amazon wildfires this year. More than half of them were in the Amazon. Image: Brazil's official monitoring agency reported a sharp increase in Amazon wildfires this year The National Institute for Space Research said the country had seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday. Brazilian president said green groups are behind the rise in blazes, but has offered nothing to substantiate his assertion. It marks an 84% increase compared to the same period in 2018. Local newspapers say farmers in some regions are organising “fire days” to take advantage of weaker enforcement by the authorities.

The states worst affected this year are Mato Grosso, Para and Amazonas, which fall within the Amazon region. During a steel industry congress, Mr Bolsonaro said: “On the question of burning in the Amazon, which in my opinion may have been initiated by NGOs because they lost money, what is the intention? To bring problems to Brazil. Since Bolsonaro took power the environment agency has issued fewer penalties, and ministers have made clear that their sympathies are with loggers rather than the indigenous groups who live in the forest. The wildfires account for 41.7% of all fires. However, when asked whether he had any evidence about this or if he could specifically identify the “guilty” NGOs, he said there were no written records and it was just his feeling. Mr Bolsonaro, who once threatened to leave the Paris climate accord, has previously attacked environmental groups, which have been seen as obstacles in the leader's quest to develop the country's full economic potential, even in protected areas. There have also been calls for Europe to block a trade deal with Brazil and other South American nations. Image: Jair Bolsonaro and Ricardo Salles have been calling for more development in the Amazon region He and Mr Salles have been calling for more development and economic opportunities in the Amazon region, which they consider to be over-protected by current laws. Related articles. Bolsonaro suggested the fires were started by environmental NGOs to embarrass his government.

On Thursday, the Brazilian president tweeted a thread by presidential adviser Filipe G Martins, who said"there's a reason why Brazil has the best environmental credentials and the best preserved forests in the word (sic): we know how to protect and take care of what is ours". Mr Martins adds that"Brazil is the most successful country in the world in preserving the primeval forests within its borders" and that"our environmental legislation is also one of the most stringent in the world". He made a similar allegation earlier in the day when he suggested groups had gone out with cameras and started fires so they could film them. "If you are wondering who is going to save the Amazon, here's a very straightforward answer for you: it's not the empty, hysterical and misleading rhetoric of the mainstream media, transnational bureaucrats and NGOs, but the sovereign action of Brazil," he concludes. More stories .