Monday, January 5, 2009

Amazon deforestation again increasing

In the period between 2003 and 2007 there was decreasing trend regarding Amazon deforestation but according to new annual figures amazon deforestation trend is again on increase since in period from August 2007 to July 2008, Brazil deforested 11,968 square kilometers of forests which is increase compared to 2003-2004 and 2006-2007, when annual deforestation totals from fell from 27,423 km2 to 11,532 km.

This data shows that Brazil will have to put more efforts to rainforest conservation. Possible solutions should include permanent preservation areas, strengthened land ownership rules, increased patrolling activity and a sharing of responsibility for halting deforestation with states and municipalities. In order to achieve this Brazil will need more funds, and this is where rich countries should step in and make the difference.

Amazon deforestation trend again on the increase in 2008

Brazil is world's fourth largest greenhouse gas emitter, and deforestation and forest fires together are responsible for 75% of total Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil really have to overcome this big challenge and save Amazon. Previous years have showed it is possible to decrease deforestation rate. Hopefully upcoming years will yet again show decrease in Amazon deforestation.

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