Importance of Natural Resources

Amazon deforestation falls, rainforest degradation soars in Sept


Brazil dev bank to fund ag emissions reductions Brazil’s national development bank, Be N De
Essay, launched a 1 billion reais fund to finance projects to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions associated with agriculture. The program will provide low interest loans
to farmers and cooperatives for reforestation, integrated forest-agriculture projects, and
recovery of degraded agricultural land. The bank says the program is part of the country’s
effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the majority of which result from deforestation. Be N De Essay manages Brazil’s Amazon Fund,
which provides money for conservation and sustainable development projects. Still environmentalists
note the bank remains the primary funder of projects that drive deforestation. Amazon deforestation falls, degradation soars Despite the worst drought on record in the
region, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon during September fell by 20 percent relative
to September 2009, reports Imazon, an NGO. Imazon’s satellite-based tracking system found
accumulated deforestation during from August 2010 to September 2010 totaled 380 square
km, down 22 percent from the 489 sq km cleared from August 2009 to September 2009. But not all the news was good. Imazon found
a sharp increase in forest degradation, which usually arises from logging and fires. Degradation
is often a precursor to outright deforestation. Imazon said degradation increased 213 percent
over the same period last year. Indonesia launches rival to RSPO The Indonesian government moved closer to
launching its own certification system to ensure less damaging palm oil production. The scheme would rival the Roundtable on Sustainable
Palm Oil, a multi-stakeholder body that has been developing criteria since 2004 and began
shipping certified sustainable palm oil in 2008. The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil criteria
is designed to make palm oil production compliant with Indonesian laws and regulations. But environmentalists say mere compliance
with Indonesian laws is not enough to ensure sustainability. RSPO standards require producers
to take specific actions to reduce the risk that oil palm plantations don’t result in
pollution, deforestation of high conservation forest areas, or social conflict. Guyana deforestation rate triples, but still
qualifies for REDD payment Guyana’s deforestation rate over the past
12 months was roughly three times the average annual rate over the prior 20 year period,
but was still well below the baseline under the recent $250 million forest conservation
partnership with Norway, according to a new government report. The report attributed 91 percent of last year’s
deforestation to mining. Illegal rosewood shipment stopped in Madagascar Authorities in Madagascar successfully blocked
an attempt to ship illegally logged rosewood over the weekend. The incident suggests citizens, the Waters
and Forests Administration, local media, and shipping companies are having an impact on
slowing the rosewood trade that has devastated Madagascar’s rainforest parks, wildlife, ecotourism
industry, and rural communities. News of the pending shipment broke on November
2. Officers from the Waters and Forests Administration responded by stepping up monitoring efforts.
The shipping company also checked manifests to ensure no illegal timber ended up onboard
as cargo.


Reader Comments

  1. the areas or climax rainforest can support vastly more people per acre than a domesticated (destined for desertification) clear-cut, and without the hazards of modernization.

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