Eight South American countries agreed Tuesday to launch an alliance to fight deforestation in the Amazon, vowing at a summit in Brazil to chart a roadmap to save the world's biggest rainforest.

Iran PressAmerica: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela sign a declaration to safeguard the Amazon.

Leaders from South American nations also challenged developed countries to do more to stop the enormous destruction of the world's largest rainforest, a task they said cannot fall to just a few countries when the crisis has been caused by so many.

The closely-watched summit of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted on Tuesday what host country Brazil called a "new and ambitious shared agenda" to save the rainforest, a crucial buffer against climate change that experts warn is being pushed to the brink of collapse.


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