Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Brazilian Minister Notes Appreciable Deforestation Reduction

Nov 1, 20112
Source: Prensa Latina

Brasilia, Nov 1 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, highlighted an appreciable reduction in deforestation in the Amazon in September, when the loss of trees was the lowest in that month since 2004.

Agricultural activity continues to be the main factor contributing to the demise of the Amazon forest, Teixeira told reporters on Monday during a conference on the results of illegal logging in the world's largest rainforest, released by the National Space Research Institute.

According to the Instiute, in September, the Brazilian Amazon lost 253.8 square kilometers of forest, 43 percent less than in September 2010, when the forest lost 448 square kilometers of vegetation.

After reiterating that these data reflect strong agricultural pressure, Teixeira noted that although winter is over, when vegetation decreases more than in the rainy season (summer), the monitoring to prevent indiscriminate logging will continue.

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