November 25, 2009

The Amazon: One Jungle But Different Interests

Henry Mance, World Politics Review

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Amazonian countries, it seems, will have one chance and one chance only to work out a common negotiating position ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit next month. It will come in the form of a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 26, organized by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Perhaps reaching a regional agreement was seen as a formality, one so uncontroversial that even the feuding presidents of Colombia and Venezuela would join in. After all, the Amazon rain forest is a single ecosystem, and all the Amazonian countries emphasize the urgent need for its conservation. There is also broad acceptance on why the Amazon continues to be cut down: It is worth more dead than alive, as there are markets for meat, soya and minerals, but not for...

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