The three countries that are home to more than half of the world's tropical rainforests are working together to establish a "funding mechanism" that will help preserve the forests.

The ministers from the three countries signed an agreement on Monday that said they would work together on sustainable management and preservation, restoration of critical habitats and creation of economies that would ensure the health of both the people and the forests.

The plan has no financial backing and was more of a call to action than a strategy.

As Brazil's president-elect, Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, travels to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, this week for the United Nations climate change summit, an announcement has been made.

Mr. Lula is scheduled to speak on Wednesday. Under the leader he just defeated, Jair Bolsonaro, there was a spike in the destruction of the Amazon. Mr. Lula is expected to get a warm welcome when he arrives at the climate talks.

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The priorities have changed. The resource won't last forever. While promising to preserve the area, the country's officials are turning to the jungle for revenue. The approach to strike a balance between the needs of a nation and those of a world facing a climate crisis seems to be working.

Mr. Lula wants to make Brazil an environmental leader on the global stage once again.

He will be hard to keep. Since the end of the military dictatorship, Brazilians have elected the most conservative Congress. Local leaders who profited from weakened enforcement of environmental laws under Mr. Bolsonaro protested his win.

According to the agreement announced on Monday, the countries will try to reduce the amount of forest destruction. It builds on earlier initiatives such as a flagship program sponsored by the United Nations that rewards countries for keeping forests intact. Three countries share their rainforests.

ImageA man in a dirty white tank top shoveling charcoal to prepare a kiln. The air is filled with smoke and charcoal, and the sky is cloudy.
Charcoal production in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Deforestation in Congo was on the rise last year, leading to a loss of 1.2 million acres.Credit...Ashley Gilbertson for The New York Times
A man in a dirty white tank top shoveling charcoal to prepare a kiln. The air is filled with smoke and charcoal, and the sky is cloudy.

According to Joaquim Leite, the goal of the partnership was to attract private investors who would offer money in exchange for assurances against deforestation.

He said that the most important point was that we could create a group to present the minimum standards for the asset of native vegetation.

Reducing fossil fuel emissions is the most important part of addressing climate change, but forests play a critical supporting role. The trunks, branches and roots of trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Carbon dioxide is released when trees burn. Climate change can be mitigated if standing trees are present.

Next month, the U.N. will hold a summit in Montreal to hammer out a deal to protect and restore biodiversity. Some of the species that are unknown to science are found in the tropical rainforests.

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There are international agreements to protect forests, but they haven't made a difference.

According to the National Institute of Space Research in Brazil, the Amazon rainforest has lost over 12,000 square miles of tree cover in the last two years.

According to a report from the World Resources Institute, forest loss in Indonesia decreased by 25% last year. In the last five years, totals have fallen. A rise in land clearings for small-scale agriculture and charcoal production has led to the loss of 1.2 million acres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

At last year's climate summit in Glasgow, 141 nations pledged to "halt and reverse" the destruction of the environment by the year 2030.

Tasso Azevedo was unimpressed with the text of the agreement that was announced on Monday. He said there wasn't a single paragraph about action. It is only signed by ministers.

Max Bearak was reporting from Sharm el Sheikh. Catrin Einhorn reported from New York.