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Levels of deforestation in Brazil are reduced
Article Type: News From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 22, Issue 3
Brazil announced that it reduced tropical rainforest destruction to another record low level. The country’s National Institute for Space Research found that the loss of Amazonian forest reached a record low of 2,490 square miles (6,450 square kilometers) between August 2009 and July 2010, 67 per cent lower than the average deforestation rate between 1996 and 2005.
Brazil had previously committed to cutting deforestation by 80 per cent by 2020, and recently shortened that time frame to 2016. But by enforcing its environmental laws, protecting indigenous peoples’ land, and reforming agriculture and ranching practices, it has already made a 67 per cent reduction, putting it well on the way to reaching even its accelerated goal.