Hayashi, S.; Souza Jr, C. & Pereira, K.Pará has 55% of its territory designated as Protected Areas (Indigenous Lands and Conservation Units). Those areas are, in part, exposed to the threats of deforestation and logging since their protection is incipient and enforcement of the environmental crimes law is low. That occurs because of the delay in detecting deforestation and the lack of material evidence to characterize that type of environmental crime. In this The State of the Amazon, we present the results of the partnership between Imazon and the Federal Public Prosecution Service (Ministério Público Federal – MPF) in Pará to speed up actions for combating illegal deforestation in the Protected Areas for the period of August 2007 to December 2008. We used the Deforestation Alert System (Sistema de Alerta de Deforestation – SAD) developed by Imazon for almost real time detection of illegal deforestation in Protected Areas. The Public Prosecution Service, for its part, uses that information to require environmental agencies to verify deforestation in the field and follow up the process of determining liability for environmental crimes in those areas.