Brazil presented a program to combat illegal logging in the Amazon

The program to combat illegal logging will receive 730 million reais ($146 million), financed by the Amazonia Foundation, including donations from several countries and other government mechanisms.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva presents a new program to fight against deforestation in the Amazon. He will provide financial support to municipalities involved in protecting the biome.

"The problem of deforestation is not the government's, it is the entire state of Brazil"and fight it"it is our responsibility"said Lula in an event attended by dozens of mayors of Amazonian municipalities. "It is everyone's responsibility".

Illegal logging has a devastating impact on the environment, local communities and the economy.

Record: In 2021, illegal deforestation in the Amazon reached its highest point in 15 years, with a total of 13.235 square kilometers of forest lost.

Causes: The main causes of illegal logging are the expansion of livestock farming, agriculture and illegal mining.

Impact: Illegal logging has a devastating impact on the environment, including loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and soil degradation.

Illegal logging destroys the habitat of millions of animals and plants, leading to the extinction of species. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Illegal logging releases this carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. It can cause soil erosion, nutrient loss and desertification. Forests play an important role in regulating the water cycle. It can cause changes in rainfall patterns and water availability. Cleared forests are more prone to wildfires, which can cause even more damage to the environment.

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Below are some specific statistics on illegal logging in Brazil:

  • 2021:  13.235 square kilometers of forest illegally deforested in the Amazon.
  • 2020:  10.851 square kilometers of forest illegally deforested in the Amazon.
  • 2012:  4.571 square kilometers of forest illegally deforested in the Amazon (lowest deforestation recorded).
  • 1997-2013:  248 thousand square kilometers of forest lost in total.
  • 2015:  169% increase in illegal deforestation compared to 2014.

It's important to remember that these statistics only represent part of the problem. Therefore, it is key to combat illegal logging; it is a complex activity and difficult to quantify, so the real figures could be much higher.

According to the president, "to care for and combat the logging of the largest forest reserve in the world, which is under the protection of Brazil", it is necessary "improve the financial situation of municipalities, which need help to be able to take care of it and be partners in the protection of the Amazon"

Lula reiterated that any effort to protect the environment must take into account the social aspect, especially in regions such as the Amazon, where nearly 25 million people live. “We must protect the jungle, recognizing that this is where indigenous peoples, fishermen and farmers live, who need decent living and working conditions."He emphasized.

The program to combat logging will receive 730 million reais ($146 million), financed by the Amazonia Foundation, including donations from several countries and other government mechanisms. It also includes the federal government donating equipment and training personnel in an effort to prevent deforestation and wildfires, all as part of Brazil's commitment to reach logging levels in the Amazon by 2030.

The new plan consolidates other actions that Brazil has taken since Lula returned to power on January 1, 2023 and began to reactivate the environmental programs abandoned under the government of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro (2019-2022), from the extreme right.

The new program to combat illegal logging was announced after a meeting of government officials responsible for environmental policy with members of the European Economic and Social Committee, a body within the European Commission.

The European delegation present at the ceremony arrived in Brazil to discuss a broad agenda that includes cooperation with the country in the fight against climate change.

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