Bolivia: Fires

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) representations he has made and (b) support his Department has provided to the Government of Bolivia after the spate of wildfires throughout that nation.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher The Treasurer of Her Majesty's Household, Minister of State

The United Kingdom is deeply concerned by the wildfires in Bolivia and their impact on the climate and on Bolivia's unique biodiversity. Our Ambassador discussed this issue with the President of Bolivia on 2 September, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Through our embassy in Bolivia, the British Government financed the first deployment of international experts to assist the national co-ordination effort to tackle the fires. The United Kingdom stands ready to work with Bolivia and international partners in seeking long-term, sustainable measures to protect their forests.

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