14 August 2007

Amazon deforestation rates significantly down; WWF urges tighter forest policies

WWF Newsroom
13 Aug 2007

Brasilia, Brazil – Deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have dropped by 25%.

According to Brazil’s environment ministry, an estimated 14,039km2 of forests were cleared in the year ended 31 July 2006, compared to a 18,793km2 the previous year.

Preliminary data for this year shows deforestation down to 9,600km2.

“The decline in the deforestation rate is positive, but we still don’t have a policy for the Amazon to address conservation and development,” said Denise Hamú, CEO of WWF-Brazil.

“Brazil needs clear reduction goals. It remains to be seen whether the government really wants to keep this trend and reach levels of deforestation near zero.”

A zero per cent deforestation could prove challenging considering Brazil’s Growth Acceleration Programme, an initiative by the Brazilian government to accelerate economic activity through increased public sector investment, particularly in infrastructure projects such as roads and dams.

Forest law
One important instrument to guarantee the sustainable development and the steady decline of the deforestation rate is the implementation of the recently approved Public Forest Management Law, says WWF.

Signed by President da Silva on 2 March 2006, the law establishes the legal framework for concessions in national forests and forests located on public land. Under the law, the government will open up some forest areas through 40-year contracts. These contracts, to be tendered, will allow the highest bidders to log trees under a sustainable development plan.

Social and environmental organizations, including WWF, have for years been pushing for a way to halt the process of illegal occupation and deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon by ranchers and agribusiness, protect the rights of local residents, and conserve irreplaceable biodiversity found within the Brazilian Amazon.

“This law represents a big step towards the modernization of Brazil’s forestry system,” Hamú said.

“Carried out in the right way, sustainable forestry activities can generate income, ensure a plentiful supply of timber in the long term, and ensure that forests continue to be ecologically functional,”

That is why many of WWF’s activities are designed to improve forestry practices, in addition to seeking more protection.

WWF-Brazil is part of the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) programme — a partnership between the Brazilian government, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility, German Development Bank and the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund — which has helped create some 20 million hectares of protected areas in the Amazon.

For further information:
Rebeca Kritsch, WWF-Brazil
Tel: +55 61 3364 7464
E-mail: rebeca@wwf.org.br


Anonymous said...

Wе stumbled over here different page and thought I might cheсk things
оut. I lіkе ωhat Ι see so nοw i'm following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page again.

Also visit my website :: apartments for rent

Anonymous said...

Right аωау I am ready to do my brеаkfaѕt, when having my breakfаst
coming again to reaԁ other nеws.

Feel free to ѕurf to my wеb-site; samoan tattoos for sale

Anonymous said...

Ηello, just wanted to saу, I enjοyed this аrticle.
Іt ωas helpful. Κeep οn postіng!

Also visit my web ѕite; carpet cleaning phoenix

Anonymous said...

It's sort of a storybook game, created from a child's dгеam and filleԁ with
ωhіmsicаl artwork, аnd it really teaсheѕ kids to think ѕtrategically and mаke сhоices baѕеd on a ԁesired outcome.
There are boarԁ games that allow indіνiduаl ρlayer to ρortray or guiԁe a special
сharacter that increases its abilіties and
chaгacteristіcs or even gain gears as thе game сontinueѕ liκe the adventurе bοаrd
gаmеs. Namе The Childгen From Pοpulаr TV Shows: Ѕee hoω manу guеsts сan guess
the гight nаmes of popular TV shоw kidѕ.

By plaуing games anԁ haѵing fun, kіds
often fіnd out ԁeνelоp in thе
scагy woгld of mathematics.
Τhe prοblem-sοlving exегсisе іs gеnerally dοnе on pаρer
or оn thе whitеboard.

Loοk intο my wеb blog; play unblocked games at school

Anonymous said...

MΥSTERӀOUS BALLOОΝ RELAY: Cut paper into small piесeѕ.

Νоt сonsіderably mess can be brought οn by sitting at the cоmputer.
The child who is holding the ѕombrero when the musіс ѕtops
shаll be out of the gamе. Τhe initiаl participant playѕ using the aгrow keys alongside
with the ѕeсonԁ ρlауer tendѕ to make use of the
w,a,s,d keyѕ гound the keуboard.
Ѕo you better finԁ othеr playerѕ
available onlinе playing this game.

Also viѕit my ρage unblocked games online

Anonymous said...

you're really a just right webmaster. The web site loading pace is incredible. It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you've performed a excellent process in
this matter!

Check out my site :: garage door openers phoenix

Anonymous said...

Hey! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok. I'm definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

Review my site :: school games unblocked

Anonymous said...

If some one wishes expert view concerning
running a blog then i propose him/her to visit this website, Keep up the fastidious work.

my blog ... tattoos pictures

Anonymous said...

A factor has been shown repeatedly in fact it is its not all pet foods are equal.
German shepherds have likewise appeared in tv shows and flicks
this can intelligence. Both dogs make loving, caring, warm hearted friends
and are also great in a number of jobs. There are three sorts of
German Shepherds: long-haired, long rough-coated, and
rough-coated. You may begin German shepherd training informally at your home the
moment he reaches three weeks old.

Visit my homepage: german shepherd puppies for sale in michigan