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Landmark Amazon Summit Needs to Grapple with Crime as well as Climate

On 8 and 9 August, the presidents of eight countries will meet in Brazil to discuss means of countering the threats facing the Amazon rainforest. 

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Bram Ebus explains that inter-governmental cooperation and a regional security strategy will be essential.

Why are the presidents of Amazonian countries meeting?

The leaders of countries with territory reaching into the Amazon basin – namely, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela – will meet in the Brazilian city of Belém to discuss ways to ensure the jungle is better protected. 

The meeting takes place against the…

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