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    Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil, Brazil August 14, 2019.

    Amazon Countries Sign ‘Leticia Pact’ on Joint Policies to Protect Rainforest Amid Fires

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname, located in the Amazon River basin, signed the so-called Leticia pact, which includes the agenda of their future cooperation to protect Amazon rainforest amid massive fires.

    Leaders of the counties met in Colombia’s city of Leticia on Friday to discuss joint environmental policies and disaster response.

    "The Leticia pact envisages cooperation between Amazonian countries in countering reasons behind deforestation such as illegal mining, drug trafficking, illegal increase in agricultural lands," Colombian President Ivan Duque wrote on Twitter late on Friday.

    The president added that the Amazon leaders had also agreed to maintain cooperation in science and technology and to exchange information for holding various joint operations.

    A satellite image shows smoke rising from Amazon rainforest fires in the State of Rondonia, just southwest of Porto Velho, Brazil in the upper Amazon River basin on August 15, 2019
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    A satellite image shows smoke rising from Amazon rainforest fires in the State of Rondonia, just southwest of Porto Velho, Brazil in the upper Amazon River basin on August 15, 2019

    The large wildfires in the Amazonian region have been raging for several weeks and became a point of concern for the international community. Environmentalists believe that this year’s fires have been to the significant extent provoked by farmers, miners and loggers who allegedly set fires in an effort to unlock natural reserves.

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