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Brazil has banned setting fires to clear land for 60 days in response to a massive increase in the number of fired in the Amazon rainforest.

The decree was signed by President Jair Bolsonaro, who has faced intense criticism at home and abroad for failing to protect the rainforest.

A leading Brazilian environmentalist warned on Wednesday that the "worst of the fire is yet to come".

South American countries will meet next week to discuss the crisis.

The Amazon - a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming - has seen more than 80,000 fires break out so far this year - a 77% rise on the same period in 2018.

Upon arrival in Muynak district, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has become acquainted with ongoing activities on creating small reservoirs in Amudarya River Delta. The project, designed for 2019-2022, is aimed at improving the socio-economic state of Muynak district through effective water resources management.

On August 14, representatives of the Ecological Party of Uzbekistan and the Ecological Movement took part in, Public Council Forum, which was organized by the Nationwide мovement «Yuksalish» together with the Advisory Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the development of civil society, civil society, Independent Institute for Monitoring the Formation of Civil Society, Civil Society Development Association "ARGO" of Kazakhstan with the support of the US Agency for International Development.