Environment

World BioEconomy Forum comes to the Amazon

With the Amazon set to play a big part in Glasgow at COP26, public and private sector representatives meet in Belém this week to discuss the bioeconomy in the rainforest

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Ferry used for river transportation of logs extracted from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Photo: Tarcisio Schnaider/Shutterstock

With all eyes fixed on the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow at the end of the month, the Brazilian city of Belém will make history by being the first non-European host of the World BioEconomy Forum this week. The event runs from Monday through Wednesday, gathering speakers from the public and private sectors to discuss sustainability solutions for the Amazon rainforest. Belém is the second-largest city in the Amazon basin.

Since the rise of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to power, Brazil’s environmental debate has become increasingly polarized, being framed along ideological lines of sovereignty. The...

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