Less Profit to Cut Brazilian Amazon Reduces Deforestation by 1/3

Brazil's Environment Minister, Marina Silva Destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest has dropped by nearly a third during the last year to its lowest rate in the last seven years, according to Brazilian government figures. The preliminary numbers were just released by Brazil's Environment Ministry with the final figures expected in November.

The figures show that an estimated 9,600 square kilometers (3,700 square miles) of rain forest were cleared in the year ended July 31, compared to 14,039 square kilometers (5,420 square miles), the previous year. The rate is the lowest since 2000. The highest, at 27,429 square kilometers (10,590 square miles), was recorded in 2004.

Brazilian authorities say that deforestation has been reduced due to greater controls on illegal logging, improved certification of land ownership and more initiatives to preserve the forest.

Marina Silva, the environment minister, told a news conference in the capital Brasí­lia: "It's a great achievement for Brazilian society. It reflects a new environmental governance."

But environmentalists say deforestation has slowed largely because of the strengthening of Brazil's currency and a drop in the price of soybeans, which makes it less profitable to clear forest to grow the crop.

Paulo Moutinho, of the Environmental Research Institute of the Amazon, said: "Awareness and policies improved in the federal and state governments, but the real test is if rates fall during a commodity price rally."

He added: "I'm optimistic but it's too early to celebrate."

Brazil has often been accused of allowing its farm exports to contribute to destruction of the Amazon.

The government under Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has increased police raids on illegal logging and expanded protected areas.

At the same time, though, it has built roads and hydroelectric plants in the region, which conservationists fear could increase deforestation in the long term.

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  • Ric

    The Arctic
    Brazil needs to plant a small flag at the North Pole while thereÀ‚´s still time.

  • João da Silva

    ConceÀƒ§Àƒ£o
    [quote]It appears that the environment minister operates in a delusional Marxist intellectual netherworld, [/quote]

    Not only this minister,but all of them. 😉

  • João da Silva

    To:Forrest
    [quote]start planting trees lots of them you are going to need it very soon
    [/quote]

    Though your advice is sane and sound,nobody listens to us anymore 🙁

  • forrest Brown

    just quit trying to lie to us all
    goolgle earth will let you see all
    that is written is not true

    start planting trees lots of them you are going to need it very soon

  • conceicao

    It appears that the environment minister operates in a delusional Marxist intellectual netherworld, perhaps inspired by attending too many NGO-sponsored cocktail parties in Brasilia and at the U.N., etc.
    How the hell is the commercial agricultural industry possibly responsible for deforestation when the Brasilian government can easily monitor commercial crop plantings through the same kind of aerial
    surveillance technology that Google uses for its detailed internet-available mapping of the U.S. down to the level of house lots. Deforestation is caused by cutting down trees. Firewood accounts for fully
    8% of energy consumption in Brasil, ahead of natural gas and just behind hydro, ethanol and coal. Oil accounts for 45%. Get real. The comparable figure in the U.S. is .4%. It has to be a lot lower than that in Europe. We are supposed to believe that exploitive elites are planting and harvesting soybeans in the dead of night and then bootlegging them to the bandits that control the road to the soybean processing facilities on the Amazon. Someone needs to wake up to the fact that the forests are being cut down for fuel – by Lula’s constituency – and the best way out of the situation is more economic
    development, especially in the area of commercial agriculture and biofuels, and not less.

  • baba

    To the dumbest of them all, ” CH.C”
    Ch.c, make up your miniscule idiotic mind!!! They À¢€œcouldÀ¢€Â or they À¢€œcouldn’tÀ¢€Â pay the interest and part of the capital ??? You are the dumbest of them all!!!

  • João da Silva

    [quote]But 2008 will be quite a different story. [/quote]

    Because of the Municipal Elections? Clue us all in.

  • ch.c.

    Hey Hey….quite normal !
    Brazilians farmers were struggling to death….so much they were indebted !
    They could repay neither the interests nor part of the capital…..as signed in every loan contract !

    But 2008 will be quite a different story.

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