Brazil's Environmental Minister Admits Communication Errors in Amazon Crisis

Salles said the alignment between him and the city, stat and federal governments needs to improve

Gustavo Uribe
Brasília

A month after the 'Day of Fire' ignited increased fires in the Amazon rainforest, Environment Minister Ricardo Salles admitted that the government made errors regarding the environmental crisis that affected the country's image abroad.

In an interview with Folha, he considered that the federal government failed to communicate and assessed that the alignment between municipal, state, and federal management in the fight against deforestation should improve.

Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles attends an interview with Reuters in Brasilia, Brazil September 6, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

Next week, the minister will travel to Europe. He says he will seek financial support for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and is open to dialogue with everyone, including the governments of Germany and France.

According to him, the regional superintendent of Ibama (Brazilian Institute of the Environment) in Pará, Evandro Cunha dos Santos, dismissed on Tuesday (10), made an "untrue" statement at an event. At a public hearing on Monday, he said he was ordered to stop the burning of vehicles that are caught by federal law enforcement committing environmental crimes in the Amazon.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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