Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is about to pledge 856 million euros for land restoration in Africa.
At an event at Cop26 in Glasgow alongside Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the billionaire said he would match a previous contribution made through its Bezos Earth Fund.
The fund has pledged $ 10 billion (€ 8.6 billion) to fight climate change.
The event centered around the Great Green Wall initiative, which aims to plant more than 20 million trees over 8,000 kilometers across the width of Africa to combat desertification on the continent.
He told participants, who also included the President of Nigeria, the President of Mauritania and representatives of the World Bank and the African Development Bank, that steps must be taken to ensure that the next decade is not considered. as “undecided”.
“Last month I committed a billion dollars in grants to support nature conservation and I will start with the countries of the Congo Basin and the tropical Andes,” he said.
“Tomorrow, we will make an equivalent commitment to restore landscapes with a major focus on Africa.
“We want to work with the main platforms already established and ready to scale, including Africa 100 and the Great Green Wall. “
He added: “We all know this is the decisive decade, but without action it will become the undecided decade.
“We cannot let this happen.
“Please see us as an ally for this important cause. “
Mr Bezos drew criticism from climate activists earlier this year after using a project he funded to go to space.
Prince Charles was pictured having an informal chat with the billionaire businessman and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez on Sunday evening after the G20 summit in Rome.
It is understood that they met to discuss Mr Bezos’ charity’s commitment to nature ahead of a Cop26 event in Glasgow promoting the Great Green Wall.