Amazonian Deforestation Declines

This is good news that government initiatives are been made to work.  The damage done was bad enough, but the realdamage was the lack of sensible follow up agriculture in the area that inventedterra preta to save tropical soils.

I would like to see a major restoration of traditional terra preta farmingto put the population to work on their own small economic freeholds.  It can be done and it can be done globally.

In the meantime, the worst seems to have subsided and since it was of nobenefit to the government let alone anyone except the timber guys, it is justas well.

Amazon deforestation rate athistoric low: Brazil

by StaffWriters

Brasilia (AFP)Dec 1, 2010

Deforestation of the Amazon forest has fallen to its lowest rate on record, dropping 14 percentcompared to the previous survey period, Brazil's government said Wednesday.

Satellite imagingshowed 6,451 square kilometers (2,491 square miles) of the jungle had been cutback between August 2009 and July 2010, an area equivalent to half the size ofLebanon or Jamaica.

That was less than forthe corresponding 12-month period a year earlier, but still more than than the5,000-square-kilometer target the government was aiming for.

Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira hailed theprogress, saying it showed anti-deforestation measures started six years agowere still working.

"This is thesmallest deforestation in the history of the Amazon. These numbers arefantastic," she said.

Cutting and burning ofthe Amazon forest is calculated to cause 20 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, making Brazil thefourth-biggest greenhouse gas polluter.

The government haspledged to cut Amazon deforestation by 80 percent over the next decade.

Teixeira said shewould be going to UN climate talks under way in Mexico"proud" of Brazil'sresults so far and ready "to negotiate compromises and results with othercountries."

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