By Burak Bir
ANKARA (AA) – World Wildlife Fund (WWF) rejected comments Thursday by Brazil's president that nongovernmental groups could be behind Amazon fires because of supposed government cuts in wildlife funds.
The group said setting the forest on fire is one of the ways pf deforestation.
"Historically, in this region [Amazon basin], the use of fire is directly linked to deforestation because setting the forest on fire is one of the techniques of deforestation," WWF Brazil said in a statement.
The 10 sites in the Amazon with more forest fires are the same ones with more deforestation, according to Amazon Environmental Institute of Research.
"The priority of the public authorities is to look after the public interests of their country, not to create sterile divergences with no basis in reality," the statement said as it termed President Jair Bolsonaro's activities as divisive.
It also said that Bolsonaro's suggestion that NGO's could be responsible for the fires is not supported by facts.
"Transfer of federal funds to civil society organizations (CSOs) between 2010 and 2018 and found that only 2.7% of CSOs receive federal funds," it said.
WWF cited a figures by the Nacional Institute of Space Research that said the number of forest fires grew by 70% this year compared to the same period in 2018, totally Brazil recorded 66,900 forest fires.
The Amazon “is widely known as the “Lungs of the Earth,” producing 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, and as a vast carbon sink, absorbing more than 1 billion tons of atmospheric carbon that is emitted annually by burning fossil fuels.
The ‘heart of the Earth’ have also a role in regulating regional, continental and global climates, ocean currents and weather patterns.
The WWF was established in 1961 as an international fundraising organization, to work in collaboration with existing conservation groups and bring substantial financial support to the conservation movement internationally.
- Brazil: President blames NGOs for massive Amazon fires
By Beyza Binnur Donmez
ANKARA (AA) – Brazil's president said environmental groups have been starting the biggest wildfires currently blazing through the Amazon Rainforest out of their grudge against his government.
In the past week, some 68 protected areas and indigenous reservations in the world's largest single rainforest were affected by the fires, according to the