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Demand for food, fuel and fiber drive accelerated deforestation of the Amazon Basin
A senior Brazilian government scientist has warned of accelerated rates of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest during the past four months, reported The Independent last week. While the government has reported a relative slowing in deforestation rates in recent years, some groups have asserted that this deceleration was not due to any fundamental resolution of rainforest destruction. Rather, it was a temporary alleviation of forest pressures as the extensive forest areas cleared between 2002 and 2005 were being occupied.
Cattle ranching, soya farming, biofuels and illegal logging remain the principal drivers of this deforestation, mirroring global trends that threaten the livelihoods of forest communities around the world. The burgeoning global demand for food, fuel and fiber elevates the urgency of pro-poor forest tenure and governance reforms, as community lands face increasing competition from these drivers.
To learn more about these factors and their implications for forest livelihoods, click here to view RRI’s report: Transitions in Forest Tenure and Governance: Drivers, Projected Patterns and Implications.
Click here to view the original article from The Independent.
Posted By Andrew Davis at 1:38pm on January 25, 2008
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