The US and Brazil have agreed to promote private-sector development in the Amazon, during a meeting in Washington on Friday.
They also pledged a $100m (£80m) biodiversity conservation fund for the Amazon led by the private sector.
Brazil’s foreign minister said opening the rainforest to economic development was the only way to protect it.
Ernesto Araujo also hit back at criticism of Brazil’s handling of the forest fires.
He told reporters in Washington that claims the country is “not able to cope with the challenges” were false.
On Friday, Finland urged EU countries to consider stopping importing beef and soybeans from Brazil in order to put pressure on Brazil to tackle the fires.
More than 80,000 fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest this year.
Mr Araujo said: “We want to be together in the endeavour to create development for the Amazon region which we are convinced is the only way to protect the forest.
“So we need new initiatives, new productive initiatives, that create jobs, that create revenue for people in the Amazon and that’s where our partnership with the United States will be very important for us.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the biodiversity investment fund would support businesses in hard to reach areas of the Amazon.
He added: “The Brazilians and the American teams will follow through on our commitment that our presidents made in March. We’re getting off the ground a 100 million dollar, 11-year Impact Investment Fund for Amazon biodiversity conservation and that project will be led by the private sector.”
Last week seven South American countries agreed on measures to protect the Amazon river basin.
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname signed a pact, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring.
At a summit in Colombia, they also agreed to work on reforestation.