Unlike forest fire ignitions in other regions, the Amazon and Central African fires are mostly manmade, illegal and deliberate. On top of the fires, the rate of deforestation in Brazil has been significantly rising compared to previous years. Forest fires, deforestation and forest degradation currently happening significantly impact an important carbon sink, hotspot for biodiversity, including some endemic species, and local communities CEPF expresses its serious concerns about this alarming situation mostly due to increasing deforestation activities.
In this context, CEPF welcomes the recent European Commission’s Communication1 aiming at addressing global deforestation. European Forest Owners support the EU in taking actions to tackle this issue. To prevent future forest fire’s outbreaks and other disasters, deforestation and its causes, including socio-economic challenges, have to be addressed and appropriate support for those unique tropical rainforests should be provided.