The Amazon Protection Plan focuses on four core policy levers to protect the Amazon rainforest, and to provide benefits for Amazon nations and the global community. The Climate Principals recommend the administration commits to pursuing the plan in close partnership with indigenous and environmental advocates, business leaders, and national and subnational governments to secure the future of this vital natural resource.
While success will depend on coordinated global action, the United States will need to do its part to mobilize needed funding for the Amazon region. The Biden-Harris administration should consider:
The U.S. Climate Principals Group welcomes President Biden and Madam Vice President Harris’ commitment to strengthening U.S. climate policy, rejoining the Paris Agreement and convening world leaders to accelerate global action to address climate change, which they have rightly characterized as an existential threat to humanity. We also endorse the Biden-Harris commitment to mobilize $20 billion to protect the Amazon rainforests, which are disappearing at an alarming rate and are critical to the climate system, public health, human rights, and biodiversity.
Protecting the Amazon will require new policies, skilled diplomacy and great determination. We are confident the administration understands that solutions must benefit the countries, communities and forest-dependent people in the region by contributing to sustainable development.
U.S. efforts to protect the Amazon should be carried out in partnership with our allies in South America and around the world. As President Biden and Madam Vice President Harris have said, we need to engage Brazil constructively in the spirit of friendship and with new economic incentives. Additionally, the administration should also seek to expand current U.S. support to other globally significant tropical forest regions, including Mesoamerica, Indonesia and Southeast Asia and the Congo Basin as well.
Implementing the Amazon Protection Plan fully will require cooperation from Congress, of course. Fortunately, protecting the Amazon has been a bipartisan American foreign policy goal for decades. With support from both parties in Congress, Presidents over the past twenty years have championed the protection of the Amazon. With strong leadership from the Biden-Harris administration, we hope Congress will continue to support this important agenda. If helpful, we will assist the administration in rallying support for Amazon protection.