In an open letter, NGOs call for more ambition in the fight against deforestation

Civil society organizations operating in Brazil launched the letter “Zero Deforestation and the Future of Brazil”, which shows the enormous importance of achieving the goal of zero deforestation in the coming years. Read more here.

Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests

MADISON, Wis. — Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Holly Gibbs shows that market-driven “zero deforestation agreements” have dramatically influenced the behavior of ranchers and the slaughterhouses to

Paragominas inagurates a system for supporting environmental management

The tool, in a beta version, will be launched this week and the intention is to apply it in up to 50 other Pará municipalitie. This Monday (March 23), the day on which Paragominas comemorates seven years of launching the Green Municipality Program, the city is inaugurating a new tool for supporting municipal management and

Study shows Brazil’s Soy Moratorium still needed to preserve Amazon

By Kelly April Tyrrell Soybeans grow near a forested area in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Under the SoyMoratorium, major trading companies do not purchase soybeans produced in the BrazilianAmazon on recently deforested areas.Credit: Lisa Rausch Today, fewer chicken nuggets can trace their roots to cleared Amazon rain forest. In 2006, following a report from Greenpeace

Study shows failure in environmental law compliance to protect forests around rivers

Although Brazilian environmental law imposes more restrictions on land-use change by private landowners in riparian forests than in non-riparian forest areas, a study that assess 22 years of satellite imagery shows that there was no evidence that riparian forests had been more effectively protected than non-riparian forests in eastern Amazon. Instead, deforestation was found to

Brazil has lost 5.2 million hectares of Conservation Units

A recent study published in the journal Conservation Biology shows that between the years 1981 and 2012 , 93 changes in Protected Areas ( PAs ) in 16 Brazilian states , most of them resulted in the reduction of these areas were performed . Led by three Brazilian scholars , the study used the classification

Global Forest Watch: Dynamic New Platform to Protect Forests Worldwide

The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners launched in February 20 the Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to

The Increase in Deforestation in the Amazon in 2013: a point off the curve or out of control?

Environmental organizations analyze the increase of deforestation in the Amazon in 2013 and present recommendations to the Government for reversing that tendency.

Researchers question evaluation methods for protected areas in the Amazon

The indicators currently being used to guide policy and investments into protected areas in the Amazon may not be having the desired effect. This is according to a new study published today, 27 March, in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, which has analysed 66 protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon and performed a critical

Clark Labs and Imazon Assist Conservation International in the Provision of Training and Production of Spatial Models of Future Deforestation in Suriname

Clark Labs of Clark University and Imazon have partnered to assist Conservation International (CI) and the government of Suriname in building technical capacity required for spatial planning, including the creation of data products needed to estimate a national reference level of greenhouse gas emissions. As part of this project, Clark Labs and Imazon provided advanced

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