Thursday, December 15, 2011

Western Amazon becomes Ground Zero for Logging

13 Dec 2011
Source: Cool Earth

The rainforest charity Cool Earth is aiming to triple the amount of rainforest they are protecting in Peru to tackle increasing deforestation levels.

The Western AmazLogging in Peru on is fast becoming ground zero for deforestation as logging shifts from Asia to the Amazon to satisfy the increasing timber demands of Korea and China.

Recent announcements by the Brazilian government have highlighted the success of Brazil in curbing their deforestation levels. Deforestation rates dropped 10.9 per cent on the previous year to 6,238 square kilometres between August 2010 and July 2011.

However, Brazil's success in curbing their deforestation levels has added increasing pressue to other rainforest countries to the North and South of Brazil. Guyana has seen deforestation rates triple in the last year whilst Peru has seen a sharp increase in deforestation levels since 2005.

Working on the arc of deforestation in the Western Amazon, Cool Earth is forming a protective shield to halt the advancement of logging into the pristine rainforest behind. In the next eighteen months Cool Earth is working to triple its projects in Peru to bring the escalating deforestation rates under control. Link

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