The meeting took place on Friday and was the result of an outstretched hand from 23 Brazilian rulers, who in April wrote a letter to US President Joe Biden.
The meeting discussed how the United States can support the work of Brazilian states in combating illegal deforestation, mitigating the effects of climate change, and achieving the goal of net greenhouse gas emissions, a US State Department spokesperson said.
“Of course, the role of the states will be strengthened if the federal government does not do its job,” said left-wing Maranhão governor Flavio Dino, who represented the Amazon at the meeting.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, since taking office in 2019, has temporarily halted Brazil’s previous climate action. Among other things, he has opened up about further exploitation of the Amazon, previously saying that climate action in Brazil is “suffocating the country”.
Friday’s meeting is the first of several and aims to secure funding for conservation projects across Brazil, not just in the region around the Amazon.
The projects are expected to be completed in two to six years and are expected to create more than 150,000 green jobs, although the total investment required has yet to be determined, state government Espirito Santo says in a statement.
Jair Bolsonaro has yet to comment on the initiative.
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