U.S and Brazil sign memorandum to combat wildfires in Brazil

The initiative will provide information technology for tracking and managing fire in Brazilian forest

Brasilia, February 23, 2022: The U.S. government and Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, signed today (23), a Memorandum of Understanding to develop solutions to combat uncontrolled burning in Brazilian tropical environments. Randy Moore, Chief of The U.S. Forest Service and Joaquim Leite, Minister of Environment signed for each party. The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates, Douglas Koneff, and the USAID Brazil Director, Ted Gehr, joined in the signing ceremony.

“The Ministry of Environment is a solid, long-term partner and we greatly value our joint efforts in this area. This MOU will help equip and bring additional capabilities and technology to the technical teamsmaking both organizations more prepared to carry out command and control actions in preventing and managing wildfires,” said Mr. Koneff.

The memorandum will support the development and application of information technology for tracking and managing wildfires, and to provide training and sharing of experience and expertise among a new generation of Brazilian and American scientists and technologists. The memorandum is also intended to promote technical cooperation and institutional and individual capacity building.

Key elements of cooperation listed in the MOU:

  • Integrated Fire Management
  • Ecosystem Productivity and Health
  • Monitoring Forest Resources
  • Technology Development and Voluntary Information Sharing
  • Damage and Risk Assessment
  • Managing Wildfires and Their Ecological Impacts
  • Bioeconomy
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Protected Area Management and Concessions