How Brazil curbed Amazon deforestation by 90 percent in 10 years

Lucy Schouten – The Christian Science Monitor, 10/13/2015

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has plummeted in the last decade, as the government has made new agreements with farmers and ranchers and enforced laws against those who clear land illegally.

Enforcement of existing laws has contributed the most to dropping rates of deforestation, Daniel Nepstad, executive director at Earth Innovation Institute, a research organization for sustainable farming methods, told The Christian Science Monitor. A “command and control strategy” penalizes anyone who clears forests illegally.

“It was possible through practical enforcement of previous and new regulations,” Dr. Javier Godar, a research fellow with the Stockholm Environment Institute, told The Christian Science Monitor. He said law enforcement had to improve how the forest was being monitored.

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