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28% fall in deforestation in Amazon protected areas

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Staff Writer | Wednesday November 15, 2017 4:28AM ET
Brazil is lowering deforestation
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The Government of Brazil today released new data showing a 28% fall in deforestation in Federal Conservation Areas in the Amazon region from August 2016 to July 2017.

Deforestation in the Amazon Protected Areas in this period reached its second lowest level since 1997 (second only to 2011), according to the new data from the Legal Amazon Deforestation Satellite Monitoring Programme (Prodes).

“The Bonn Climate Conference is a time for the world to turn ambitions into practical actions, and this new data shows Brazil is taking very practical and effective actions,” Brazil’s Minister of the Environment Sarney Filho said today.

“It’s very encouraging to see the impact of Brazil’s innovative monitoring technology and increased inspections in this new data, as well as the results that are possible when governments and civil society work together,” Minister Sarney said.

“Brazil is lowering deforestation while also building a green economy in the Amazon – this is sustainable development in action”.


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