G7 Summit

German Development Minister Gerd Müller calls for G7 rainforest protection programme

Forest in a river valley

24.08.2019 |

Statement by German Development Minister Gerd Müller:

"Just sending tweets that the forest is burning does not help anybody. Along with China, the G7 countries are among the world's biggest carbon emitters. At the G7 summit in Elmau in 2015, leaders therefore agreed to invest, from 2020, an annual 100 billion dollars in climate action in the countries most affected by climate change. Now they urgently need to deliver on that promise. Germany will meet its commitment, providing an additional 500 million euros from 2020. This will also go towards further increasing our support for protecting rainforests. We are planning relevant programmes both with Brazil and with Congo, where I agreed a major protection programme last week with the new President, Félix Tshisekedi.

The Biarritz summit must confirm the commitment that the G7 made at Elmau, so that the funding that is still missing can be invested in urgently needed international climate action and in a programme to save the burning rainforest."

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