Saving the Amazon: Brazil Gets Deforestation Zero by 2015 Plan

Amazon Deforestation A group of nine Brazilian non-governmental organizations has launched in Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia a pact aimed at ending deforestation in that rainforest, which covers about half of Brazil, in about seven years. The concerted effort intends to give the Brazilian Amazon forest its due value.

The goal of the National Pact for the Valorization of the Forest and for the End of the Amazon Deforestation, their organizers say, is to establish a wide-ranging commitment between different sectors of the government and the Brazilian society that enables the adoption of urgent actions to ensure the preservation of the Amazon forest.

The proposal consists of setting annual goals for progressively reducing the deforestation rate, which should reach zero by 2015.

The NGOs, including Greenpeace, estimate that yearly investments of 1 billion Brazilian reais (US$ 547.2 million) would be required, coming from national and international sources, to financially compensate those who promote reduction in deforestation, and to pay for environmental services carried out in the forest.

The participating NGOs are: WWF-Brasil, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, Instituto Socioambiental, Instituto Centro de Vida, Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia, Conservação Internacional, Amigos da Terra-Amazônia Brasileira e Imazon.

The Brazilian minister of the Environment, Marina Silva, and state governors Eduardo Braga, of Amazonas, Blairo Maggi, of Mato Grosso, and Waldez Góes, of Amapá, attended the event.

"This is just the start, but it is a good start, and it is something interesting. We are building a national plan with common, but differentiated responsibilities," said the minister.

By 2006, approximately 17% of the Amazon forest had already been destroyed. Besides accelerating the reduction in biodiversity, with direct impacts in the lifestyles of millions of people who depend on the forest to survive, deforestation is also an important source of emission of gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect, which accelerates global warming.

Deforestation and burning, especially in the Amazon, have placed Brazil in the 4th position in the global ranking of polluter countries.

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  • greg

    Save the trees hallelujah

  • Alan

    Fight
    The fight for deforestation is procceeding, but we will only know after it is over

  • ch.c.

    ooops….typing mistake…
    should read 100 millions jectares of DEGRADED land….not…. denatured…!!!!

  • ch.c.

    To….(De)Forrest… !
    And this despite Brazil PROCLAIMS they have 100 millions hectares of denatured pastures land they could use !!!
    What a joke these brazilians.

    And for pollution :
    – Brazil doesnt seem to know that a cattle pollutes more than a car.
    – Brazil has 160 millions or so cows, each producing 12 dungs per day….or around 2’000’000’000 Yess 2 billion DUNGS….PER DAY ! Or over 700 billion….annually !
    – And of course Brazilian cattles are free to shit and piss in rivers or in water reservoirs !

    And for sugarcane, Brazil burns off most of their fields before harvest, since most of them are manually harvested.

    And lets face it, the recent reduction in brazil deforestation was simply due to low grains prices. But now that grains prices nearly doubled in the last 12 months……DEFORESTATION WILL GROW…..ONCE MORE !

    Who bet that in 2008- 2009 period deforestation will grow substantially or not ?

  • Shelly

    I don’t believe it!
    I Cannot believe they will curb deforestation, not with the “jaguncos” and poor law enforcement in the area. I am off to the Bahamas in May for a coastal research project and a coral reef study, it takes money, research time, value, culture, and more to stop environmental degradation.

  • forrest Brown

    where is ibama
    and how much is brasil going too kick in

    and why stop there the cane growers burn off there crops in whole fasion all over brasil .

    then there is the river city of brevs all the tree bark and run off there and the open sewers from every city in brasil into the ocean and rivers along with the trash dumps .

  • ch.c.

    these NGOs should also work…..
    …on crime reduction in your country at war with….itself

    ! 😀 😉

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