The United Kingdom announced on World Environment Day, the donation of 78.3 million dollars to contribute with the Amazon rainforest preservation.
The donation is part of the new program “Sustainable Forest Territories” with which they hope to strengthen the efforts of the national Government, through the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the conservation of the Amazon and the protection of its ecosystems.
“Our work with the Colombian Government will help curb deforestation throughout Colombian territory, protecting precious ecosystems, and supporting the sustainable rural well-being of forest-dependent communities,” announced the British Minister of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma.
The President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, installed this Friday the celebration of World Environment Day, which Colombia is hosting this year, highlighted the cooperation of the United Kingdom and highlighted the contribution.
“Sustainable Forest Territories will strengthen Colombia’s cadastral and criminal justice system to control deforestation, while building a more just, inclusive, and sustainable rural economy in the regions,” said the British embassy.
The devastation of the jungle and other criminal activities such as the trafficking of animals and timber or illegal mining are a constant threat to the country’s ecosystems.
Natural forests extend over nearly 60 million hectares of the territory, an incalculable wealth challenged by deforestation that between January and April 2020 devastated 75,000 hectares of forests in the national Amazon, according to a report by the Foundation for Conservation and Development Sustainable.
This represented an increase of 20,000 hectares compared to the figure for the same period last year, when, according to the foundation, nearly 55,000 were deforested.
For this reason, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ricardo Lozano, assured that the new cooperation resources “correspond to the largest bilateral donation” that they have “received to date in environmental matters during this Administration.”
At the same time, he stated that this support is the result of the Alliance for Sustainable Growth that the two countries signed in June 2019 in London and which is focused on supporting the fight against the destruction of forests and jungles and against environmental crime, and in generating sustainable economic alternatives.
Colombia was chosen to host World Environment Day in recognition of the United Nations for the achievements it has made in the conservation of biodiversity, the fight against deforestation and illegal trafficking of species and wood, and the progress made in the commitments made on the effects of climate change.