Brazil agrees to cut Amazon deforestation and boost renewables

1 July 2015

Brazilian and US presidents Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama have agreed to work more closely on curbing deforestation of the Amazon and boosting renewable energy. The announcement was made yesterday, during a visit by Rousseff to the US.

"We have the commitment to come to a zero deforestation, or a zero illegal deforestation, rate between now and 2030," Rousseff told a press conference in Washington DC. "And we also wish to turn the page and engage in a clear-cut reforestation-oriented policy."

Officials said Brazil plans to restore 12 million hectares of forest by 2030.

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