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Brazil’s President unveils plan to end deforestation by 2030

Lula’s proposal would advance a commitment to deforestation made at the 2021 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.
The administration of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has announced its plan to eliminate deforestation by 2030 as part of an international pledge to protect the environment.
Lula and his Environment Minister Marina Silva unveiled the Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Amazon on Monday, touting it as the latest step in their aggressive platform to combat climate change.
“Brazil has resumed its leading role in tackling climate change, after four years in which the environment was treated as an obstacle to the immediate profit of a privileged minority,” Lula said in a post on Twitter, alluding to the policies of his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro.
“But rich countries also need to do their part. They were the ones who over the centuries devastated forests the most.”
A plan to tackle deforestation
Fifteen government ministries collaborated on the plan, which includes advancing techniques for documenting and tracking illegal deforestation.
The plan stipulates increased use of satellite imagery to identify illegal logging, ranching and mining operations. Government databases containing financial intelligence, for example, will also be deployed to track the flow of money from unsanctioned operations in the Amazon rainforest.
Under the terms of the plan, a system will also be developed to certify the origins of wood and agricultural products that might otherwise come from vulnerable or exploited ecosystems.
In addition to its crime-fighting efforts, the plan proposes to standardise land titles and create incentives for sustainable agriculture and other “green” activities.
“Loggers in the country need to be told that, if they want to cut down trees, plant them,” Lula said of the proposed measures.
He also warned there would be no excuse for felling old-growth forests. “In the land of the Brazilian people, we will be very tough in complying with the law.”
An uphill battle
Lula’s policies mark a departure from those of Bolsonaro, whose tenure in office, from 2019 to 2022, coincided with record deforestation in Brazil.
Bolsonaro had advocated for more development in the Amazon region, framing the construction as a potential boon for Brazil’s economy and turning a blind eye, according to critics, to illegal operations.
But Bolsonaro’s opponents decried what they saw as an attack on the country’s environmental protections, one that translated into violence against the Indigenous people who call the Amazon home.
In October, the right-wing Bolsonaro was narrowly defeated in a run-off election against the left-leaning Lula, who campaigned on a platform of restoring the Amazon. Parts of the forest, once a major carbon-trapping sink, now release more carbon than they capture as a result of deforestation and fires.
Nevertheless, in November, Lula appeared at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, in a bid to position Brazil as a leader in the fight against climate change.
“There is no climate security for the world without a protected Amazon,” he told the conference.
Still, Lula has faced an uphill battle. Deforestation dropped by 61 percent in January, his first month in office, only to hit a record high in February.
And Brazil’s opposition-led Congress recently delivered a setback to Lula, voting last week to scale down ministries dedicated to environmental protection and Indigenous peoples.
A solemn anniversary
Monday’s deforestation announcement arrives one year after British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were murdered while reporting on the Amazon.
In announcing Monday’s plan, Lula paid tribute to the two men, who had worked to bring attention to deforestation and illegal operations on Indigenous land.
“A year ago, the brutal murder that made them victims shocked the world, which came to see the Amazon as a land without law and on the verge of destruction,” Lula wrote on Twitter. “Today, the world has returned to look at Brazil with hope.”
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  • winnie nguru

    58 w

    Its impressive to see president Lula put his best foot forward in saving the Amazon. This will go a long way in saving the ecosystem for the benefit of humanity and the planet as well.

    • We Don't Have Time

      58 w

      Dear Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Bertie We Don't Have Time

      • Kato Hussein

        58 w

        Greatness to the love of humanity

        • monicah mbesu

          58 w

          I agree with this deforestation should stop completely fir the benefits of living things

          • Kevin

            58 w

            We laud Da Silvas ambitious efforts to restore the largest rainforest in the globe.

            • Patrick Kiash

              58 w

              Great proposal, worth considerations in many ways.

              • Jengaj John

                58 w

                Halting deforestation would avoid direct emissions from the lost biomass as well as maintain the capacity of forests to absorb carbon and support resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

                • Grace Njeri

                  58 w

                  Clearly deforestation should no longer be necessary for the growth and success of Brazil.

                  • Munene Mugambi

                    58 w

                    Hopefully this works

                    • Ajema Lydiah

                      58 w

                      we should conserve forests to make a beautiful nature

                      • Elizabeth Gathigia

                        58 w

                        @ajema_lydiah Very true

                      • Peter Kamau

                        58 w

                        The timeline stands out for me.I like how ambitious Lula's administration is and it's amazing that there's hope for the restoration of the world's largest tropical rainforest

                        • Joseph Githinji

                          58 w

                          If this plan is implemented it will save the Amazon forest.

                          • Tabitha Kimani

                            58 w

                            Lula requires world leaders support to end Amazon deforestation.

                            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                              58 w

                              great plan.I hope it will be implemented

                              • Daniel Waweru

                                58 w

                                Fulfilling such commitment to protect the environment is highest integrity. However, i wish it could be earlier than 2030

                                • Lucinda Ramsay

                                  58 w

                                  If this happens it will be an immense benefit to all living things.

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