The U.S. can join the Amazon Fund to provide financial support to help in combating illegal deforestation, but also enhance its ability to track illegal commodities that fuel deforestation. Passing legislation such as the Amazon 21 bill would provide support for local communities for forest preservation. These and more specific measures, including approaches that are not reliant on governmental partnerships, are outlined in Natalie Unterstell’s insightful policy brief for Climate Advisers.
The Amazon rainforest and its people have gone through tough times recently. For the last four years, under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the region has experienced increasing deforestation and the dismantling of agencies intended to protect the environment and support indigenous communities.