On Thursday 60-day ban on burning in Brazil takes effects after a world outcry and rage over fires raging within the Amazon and data showing hundreds of latest blazes in the rainforest.
The proclamation issued by President Jair Bolsonaro comes after escalating international pressure over the worst fires within the Amazon in years that have inflamed a diplomatic dispute between Brazil and Europe.
However, activists rapidly extinguished hopes that the ban would work.
Last week thousands of troops and firefighters had been deployed for the reason that weekend to fight the fires, along with two C-130 Hercules and other planes that are discharging water over the most affected areas in the country’s north region.
More than 1,600 new fires had been ignited between Tuesday and Wednesday, taking this year’s whole to nearly 85,000—the highest number ever since 2010, official data reveals. More than half of them are within the vast Amazon basin.
The new figures come as UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday mooted a gathering of critical countries to drum up an assist to deal with the fires that have also devastated swaths of Bolivia.
The international presence of assist for combatting the fires is a hot-button issue in Brazil, with Bolsonaro and others insisting on the nation’s sovereign rights over the Amazon.
Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused France and Germany of “buying” Brazil’s sovereignty after the G7 offered $20 million in Amazon fire aid.
Vice President Hamilton Mourao—widely considered a liberal voice in Bolsonaro’s government—also weighed in publicly for the first time on Wednesday, requesting in an opinion piece that “our Amazon will continue to be Brazilian.”
The governors of several states within the Amazon told Bolsonaro in a meeting on Tuesday that worldwide assist was needed.
Their plea came after Norway and Germany halted around $70 million in Amazon protection subsidies earlier this month.