Emmanuel Macron assures the indigenous Raoni chief of the support of France

Four Amazonian leaders are on a tour of Europe with the aim of launching an SOS to public opinion and leaders to protect the biodiversity and people of the Amazon, victim of increasing deforestation.

The World with AFP Posted today at 22h28

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French President Emmanuel Macron meets Brazilian indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire at the Elysée Palace in Paris on May 16, 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron meets Brazilian indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire at the Elysée Palace in Paris on May 16, 2019. POOL / REUTERS

Emmanuel Macron received, Thursday, May 16, the famous Indian leader Raoni and assured him of the support of France in his fight to protect the biodiversity and the peoples of the Amazon, victim of a growing deforestation.

On the occasion of this meeting, the Elysee Palace announced that France was planning to host an international summit of indigenous peoples around the world, probably in June 2020.

The head of state spoke for forty-five minutes at the Elysee with the cacique Raoni and three other Amazonian leaders – Kaïlu, Tapy Yawalapiti and Bemoro Metuktire – who make a tour of Europe until the end of May. The goal of this three-week tour is to launch an SOS to public opinion and leaders to save the great Xingu Reserve in the southern Brazilian Amazon, a biodiversity reserve of some 180,000 square kilometers, about one third of France.

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"I am looking for a million euros, especially to finance bamboo-based plant walls, to delimit the Xingu Great Reserve, which is constantly being intruded by lumber and animal traffickers, gold diggers and poachers. , who come to hunt on our land while it is our supermarket to us "Raoni explained in an interview published Thursday by Le Parisien.

Deforestation up 24%

The Elysee has announced, after the interview, that France was going "Support Raoni's project" in connection with "Its commitment to biodiversity and the presidency of the G7" this year. This commitment, including financial, will be announced later, said the presidency.

Raoni's tour comes after the arrival in January of the presidency of Brazil, especially thanks to the lobby of agribusiness, Jair Bolsonaro, a former right-wing soldier who wants to end what he calls "Shiite environmental activism".

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Deforestation, which had dropped dramatically in the Amazon from 2004 to 2012, recovered again in January: + 24% compared to January 2018, according to the non-governmental organization Imazon. Although it then declined in February (-57%) and March (-77%), 268 square kilometers of forest disappeared in the first quarter. Over the last twelve months, deforestation has increased by 24%.

With Raoni, Emmanuel Macron also discussed the plight of indigenous communities in Brazil. "As an Amazonian country" with Guyana, "France is naturally engaged in the fight against deforestation" and "Defends the rights of indigenous peoples, especially as key actors in the preservation of forests and biodiversity and therefore engaged in the fight against climate change"said the Elysee before the meeting.

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