INTERNATIONAL

Amazon Summit

Seven Amazonian countries have signed a pact to protect the world's largest tropical forest via disaster response coordination and satellite monitoring, amid recent fires that torched thousands of square miles of the jungle.

The presidents of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, the vice-president of Suriname and the natural resource minister of Guyana attended the one-day summit in the jungle city of Leticia in Southern Colombia.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participated by video link, while his Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo, attended in person.

The pact states that the countries will create a natural disaster network so they can better cooperate in the face of events like large-scale fires.

The group will also work on reforestation initiatives, increase efforts to monitor deforestation activity via satellite, develop education initiatives and increase the role of indigenous commun it added.

The countries also agreed to share information on activities like illegal mining that hurt conservation, the pact said.

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