With attention on the Brazilian election, new reports show that Global Development changes under the presidencies of Lula and Rousseff’s ‘Worker’s Party’ governments have drastically reduced deforestation in the Amazon over the last 10 years.
The report noted that Brazils success in the last decade in bringing its deforestation frontier under control has been ‘astonishing’ following an 80% decrease from a high of 27,800 km² in 2004 to 5,800 km² in 2013. However, despite the decrease the report noted that deforestation in the Amazon is still much too high.
Brazil is now applauded internationally as the country that has made the world’s largest contribution to mitigating climate change and has done so by protecting more areas of indigenous lands in addition to law enforcement actions.
That along with the implementation of satellite monitoring and the 2008 Amazon Fund financing projects has aided in a substantial reduction of deforestation and promoted sustainability.
“South Americas largest Nation has achieved this by demonstrating that success is possible, creating new technology and policy measures and also establishing a model of international payment-for-performance finance that is acceptable to both domestic and international constituencies for sustainable development” says the authors of the report.
The Amazon Rainforest, known as Amazonia, covers 7,000,000 km² of South America, 60% of which is contained in Brazil with the remaining stretched over 8 adjoining countries. The Amazon represents over half of the earth’s remaining rainforests and comprises the largest and most bio-diverse tropical rainforest in the world.