The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has dropped by 45% and is the lowest on record since monitoring began 21 years ago, Brazil’s government says.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva described the drop in the level of deforestation as
“extraordinary”. A little over 7,000 sq km was destroyed between July 2008 and August 2009.
By 2020, the Brazilian governments goal is to reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020.
This would equal destruction of a land mass area about the size of Delaware each year.
The environment ministry here is said to be proposing that around half of a 40% cut in Brazil’s carbon emissions would come from reducing deforestation.
Has the rate of deforestation taken place because of economic slow down?
Cutting deforestation to zero, while creating sustainable living is the goal.
Excerpts courtesy of http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8358094.stm
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