German ministers Baerbock and Heil to visit troubled Amazon

German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil (L) and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock (C) sit in an e-omnibus during their visit to the Mercedes-Benz do Brasil plant. Photo: Annette Riedl/dpa

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and Labour Minister Hubertus Heil will visit the Amazon in Northern Brazil later on Wednesday as their South American trip focuses back on the environment.

The Green politician, along with Social Democrat Heil from their governing coalition, will go to Combu island and see a cocoa co-operative.

In the nearby city of Belém, the ministers are due to see a wood-processing company and learn about the environmental control authority, which monitors deforestation in the Amazon and plans replanting.

The Amazon – the largest rainforest in the world – holds 12% of the planet’s fresh water and is home to 10% of all species in the world, according the conservation organization WWF.

It calculates that around 20% of the original area of the Amazon has already been destroyed. Scientists fear that a loss of 25% is a tipping point from which the ecosystem may no longer regenerate.

Courtesy of dpa