As the fight for the Presidency rages on in Brazil, differing opinions regarding the issue of deforestation have come under the spotlight, with some prominent scientists believing that the problem is not in fact being tackled.
Philip M. Fearnside, researcher at the National Institute for Amazon Research in Manaus, told the New York Times: “The mantra in Brasília is that they have deforestation under control, but the evidence on the ground shows this is not true.”
While forest conservation is said to be a key part of both current President Dilma Rousseff and her rival, Marina Silva, Ms Rousseff’s plans include creating mining projects and dams in order to build on Brazil’s economic growth – plans that seem to undermine any environmental concerns.
Meanwhile, former environment minister Ms. Silva, argues that Ms Rousseff’s plans are the reason for the rise in deforestation in Brazil, as well as the country’s refusal to put its name to a UN declaration which aims to erase deforestation completely by 2030.
She told the news source: “Deforestation is rising again because of incompetence, inefficiency and a lack of commitment in protecting the Amazon.”
However, Brazil’s current environment minister, Izabella Teixeira, argued that “no country has done more than Brazil to fight illegal deforestation”. Despite the clearing of almost 20 per cent of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest since the 1960s, Ms Teixeira maintains that the country is a prime anti-deforestation example.
“I would love for the forests of Indonesia or the Congo River Basin to have the same levels of protection we have forged,” she added.
With so many factors working against the protection of Brazil’s precious forests, such as illegal logging and forest fires, it is more important than ever to ensure that the Brazilian Amazon and its products are managed in a sustainable way for future generations. Greenwood Management’s work plays a key role in ensuring the forest is a useful economic resource as well as a protected environmental gem.