• Brazil takes action against deforestation in the Amazon

    Brazil takes action deforestation Amazon

    Brazil takes action against deforestation in the Amazon. Photo: MMA

    In the attempt to slow deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government announced new measures which propose to promote an improved forest management of the biome.

    A cooperation agreement signed between the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the local authorities in each one of the states that comprise the Brazilian Amazon will allow greater integration of local governments in the fight against deforestation.

    In addition, the agreement will facilitate the traceability of the wood transported in the Amazon territory and the debates on rural settlements. According to the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Izabella Teixeira, these topics are the top priorities of this agreement.

    The partnership was established within the Forum of Secretaries of the Amazon, implemented by the Minister Izabella Teixeira to foster dialogue with the local governments, given that they have a better understanding of the real protection needs of the forest.

    Since November 2013, the group meets regularly in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, to discuss the status of the forest area in each state and implement improvement actions to the biome. “The intention is to use the political space of the Forum to establish an ongoing dialogue so that everyone can work together,” said Minister Izabella Teixeira.

    Amazonas

    This cooperation agreement will work differently in each region of the Amazon rainforest. In the state of Amazonas, the largest Brazilian state in the Amazon, for example, the pact will particularly strengthen the forest protection actions in the southern region of the state, where deforestation is of increasing concern.

    “Due to the great extent [of the state], this cooperation will help both the monitoring and the licensing process,” said the director of the Institute of Environmental Protection of Amazonas (IPAAM), Ademir Antonio Stroski.

    Source: Brazilian Ministry of the Environment

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