Now, Brazil Wants Zero Deforestation

Brazil’s Minister of Environment, Marina Silva, reports that the government is studying the establishment of a prohibition on all deforestation activities in Brazil.

The prohibition could last anywhere from six months to a year and is described by Silva as a “braking system,” which will permit the continuation of sustainable activities and the cutting down of trees in small areas (up to three hectares).


The idea got a favorable reception at the Brazilian Environmental Protection Institute (Ibama) office in the state of Mato Grosso which has serious problems with burning and deforestation.


Elielson Ayres, who is the head of the office, said the prohibition is opportune because forest rangers are understaffed and cannot control the situation.


“If we make everything stop for six months to a year, we can concentrate our efforts on making forest management work,” he said.


Meanwhile, the head of the environment activist group, Amigos da Terra (Friends of the Earth), Roberto Smeraldi, said the prohibition was a good idea but that it should be as long as possible.


“In the state of Mato Grosso, for example, deforestation and burning goes from May to July. So, if the prohibition goes into effect now it will be useless,” he pointed out.


ABr – www.radiobras.gov.br

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

With 26% Share and US$ 380 Million, US Is Top Importer of Brazilian Shoes

Imports of shoes in Brazil grew 54.7% from January to September this year as ...

Brazil Offers a House to Palestinian Refugees from Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  welcomed an offer by Brazil to ...

While Uruguay Praises Lula Bringing Him to Tears, Colombia Scolds Brazil’s President

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Uruguay’s José Mujica on ...

Poor family in Brazil's Northeast

Decade After Decade, Brazil Stumbles from One Missed Opportunity to Another

When it abolished slavery in 1888 with the Lei Áurea, or Golden Law, Brazil ...

Brazilian Banks Grow 130% Charging Customers 74 Different Fees

A just-released Brazilian Central Bank report shows that over the last ten years Brazilian ...

Today Is Brazil Day in New York

The Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, opens Brazil ...

Brazil Wants Kyoto to Protect Forests

Actions to prevent illegal deforestation should be one of the mechanisms of the Kyoto ...

Couromoda: 3,000 Brands of Leather and Footwear Stuff from Brazil

Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade, Luiz Fernando Furlan, affirmed, Monday, January ...

Mind Straitjacket

Brazilian scholars ape foreign trends in order to be seen as more up-to-date. This ...