Bolivia Calls Meeting of Countries Affected by Amazon Fires

Amazon fires.  Photo CNN / Getty Images

HAVANA TIMES – Bolivia is seeking a ministerial meeting with Brazil and other neighbouring countries that have been affected by wildfires, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, reported dpa news.

Thousands of fires have ravaged Brazil’s share of South America’s Amazon region, the world’s biggest rainforest, which is known as “the lungs of the planet.”

Bolivia has lost nearly a million hectares of vegetation in a transition zone between its Chaco and Amazon forests, according to local media.

Fires have also reportedly crossed from Brazil into Peru, while Paraguay has seen fires mainly in non-tropical woodlands near the Bolivian border.

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry said the government was calling a meeting of the foreign and environment ministers of Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia. Paraguay and Peru have already agreed, according to the statement.

There are “medium-term cooperation plans” to evaluate the damage and to recover the burned forest, Foreign Minister Diego Pary was quoted as saying.

The international cooperation could also involve leaders such as Bolivian President Evo Morales and French President Emmanuel Macron, he added.

Morales has come under criticism for defending the right of farmers to light fires in order to open grazing areas.

The ministry denied reports that Bolivia had refused aid to fight the fires.

“The national government remains in contact with countries of the region and the world to provide international aid,” the statement said.

The fires in Bolivia were meanwhile threatening to reach residential areas, news website Pagina Siete reported. Morales suspended his campaign ahead of the October elections, it said.

A US-based Boeing 747-400 firefighting plane was sent to Bolivia last week.

One thought on “Bolivia Calls Meeting of Countries Affected by Amazon Fires

  • Hell on Earth. ‘ Leave it to beaver,’ remember that cartoon character , and ‘ Dennis The Menace ‘ too. Could Donald Trump be emulating Donald Duck in his interior unknowingly?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day
Picture 1 of 1

The Cuban Flag, Havana. By Colette Flemming (Canada). Camera: Nikon D5000

Submit your pictures to our Photo of the Day section
You don’t have to be a professional photographer, just send an image (in black and white or color), with a photo caption indicating where it was taken (city and country), type of camera or cell you used, and a small description about it.
Note: it is better for our format if you send horizontal orientation pictures. Even square will work but vertical is a problem.
Send your picture with your name and birth country, or where you reside, to this email address: [email protected]