Ecological Internet: Brazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon Reserve

January 25th, 2007 1:01 pm by Kelly Garbato

UPDATE, 2/12/07, via Ecological Internet:

Efforts by the State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, to drastically reduce the size of Cristalino State Park, one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse reserves, have been stymied by exemplary on the ground organizing by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), many local groups and supportive international protests by Ecological Internet’s (EI) Earth Action network. An important precedent has been set regarding the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law. […]

The announcement effectively grants the park a reprieve from destruction, but FFI, EI and the Cristalino Ecological Foundation (CEF) will continue to monitor the situation. FFI will continue to strengthen CEF as the guardians of this area, and will also work with other local NGOs and the Environmental Authorities to complete the management plan for Cristalino and create an effective management entity to prevent this kind of threat in the future.

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Via Ecological Internet / The Rainforest Portal:

Brazil Approves Deforestation of Important Amazon Reserve

The State Government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, has voted to drastically reduce one of the Amazon’s most biodiverse reserves. What is at stake is the strength and permanence of protected status for ancient rainforests under Brazilian law. The Cristalino State Park is a world-renowned ecotourism destination, whose 184,000 hectares are home to over 550 species of birds, and protects endangered species like the white-whiskered spider monkey. Some 27,000 hectares of its forest will now lose protected status; becoming vulnerable to logging, cattle ranching and agribusiness. State Governor Blairo Maggi initially vetoed the reduction of the park on the grounds that it would “be seen as endorsing illegal occupancy and deforestation of public lands”, and that it would suggest Brazilian environmental law can be flouted. The veto was short-lived, however, as members of the Mato Grosso House of Representatives immediately overturned it. […]

Please contact key players in Brazil’s Federal and State governments, and let them know that removal of protected status so easily from preserved Amazonian ancient rainforests is simply unacceptable.

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