Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Brazil close to 2020 target to reduce deforestation

Amazon Forest

Deforestation in Brazil has hit a record low according to this website. They claim that "1,798 square miles (4,656 square kilometers) of the Amazon were deforested between August 2011 and July 2012, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said a news conference. That's 27 percent less than the 2,478 square miles (6,418 square kilometers) deforested a year earlier" Moreover, "Brazil is close to its 2020 target of reducing deforestation by 80 percent from 1990 levels. Through July 2012 deforestation dropped by 76.26 percent."

Even though the goal is far from being met, the preservation of the Amazon is very important. This website  claims the Brazilian rainforest enables the growing of an indigenous species, the Acai berry. The preservation of nature is also very important for the development of medicine. The Brazilian government try to develop the Amazon without having to cut trees. Making national parks would be a good incentive for the state and might even promote Eco-tourism.

By Alexis Pelletier

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