To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with his (a) Brazilian and (b) UN counterparts on UK Government support for the protection of rainforests.
25 June 2021
We continue to be concerned by the rising rates of deforestation in the Amazon and by the detrimental impact this is having on global climate goals. Through the International Climate Finance Programme and as part of a long-established partnership with Brazil, we have committed £259 million to help protect the Amazon. We welcome Brazil's commitment to reach zero illegal deforestation by 2030, announced at the Earth Day Summit hosted by President Biden earlier this year. We look forward to seeing the robust implementation plans needed to deliver on this commitment.
The Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for International Trade have regular discussions with Brazilian counterparts. They raised the crucial importance of combating illegal deforestation at the UK-Brazil Strategic Dialogue (October 2020) and the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (November 2020). The Foreign Secretary most recently discussed climate and environment matters with the Brazilian Foreign Minister in June 2021.