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Feb 25, 2007

PRESS RELEASE VICTORY

Brazil's Cristalino State Park's Rainforests Saved

By Ecological Internet,
http://www.ecoearth.info/
February 12, 2007
Contact: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org

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 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 forest were to
lose protection by a vote of the state government; becoming
vulnerable to logging, cattle ranching and agribusiness.

In total 4,237 participants in EI's network sent 137,800 protest
emails to Brazilian officials, including Brazil's Ministerio
Publico, which has now ruled that the proposed reduction of the
park by the Mato Grosso State Government is illegal. An FFI
spokesperson states "I am convinced the alert played a big part
in saving the park. Thank you. I think Ecological Internet is a
fantastic creation."

"This is a victory for true forest protectors seeking to expand
rainforest protections rather than improve industrial logging in
ancient forests," states Dr. Glen Barry. "The Earth needs every
ancient rainforest to remain intact for its survival. This will
require massive payments from over-developed to not yet over-
developed countries for avoided deforestation. If you are not
working to keep rainforests under permanent protection, you are
the problem; do not buy tropical timbers, certified or
otherwise."

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.

This Brazilian victory is the latest success to be achieved by
Ecological Internet's unique brand of "Grassroots Global Earth
Activism". Indeed, two additional current alerts (see list at
http://www.ecoearth.info/alerts/ ) show the impact of EI's
efforts and may eventually prove victorious as well. Uganda's
President has halted the giveaway of the Mabira rainforest
reserve for sugar cane production as EI requested, though the
matter is still under study. And the Australian Green party has
taken up EI's call for Australia to cease mining and exporting
coal, though dirty coal virtually runs the government. Join the
network and make a difference at
http://www.ecoearth.info/subscribe/ .
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