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Brazil Plans Amazon Tree Census to Assess Deforestation


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JL
- 631 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Most detailed study for forty years will also analyse climate change impact and allow ministers to examine forest 'from within'



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JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 3:31 pm

Brazil plans Amazon tree census to assess deforestation

Most detailed study for forty years will also analyse climate change impact and allow ministers to examine forest 'from within'

Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro
The Guardian, Sunday 27 January 2013 09.43 EST

Deforested area of the raainforest in northern Brazil
A deforested area of rainforest along the border of the Xingu river in northern Brazil. Photograph: Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images

The Brazilian government is to launch a four-year tree census of the Amazon to improve understanding of the impacts of deforestation, climate change and conservation efforts.

The study will also help to assess the potential value of the biodiversity under the canopy and the growth of human settlements in the Amazon region, which is home to a number of fast-expanding cities, as well as uncontacted indigenous tribes.

The cataloguing operation will be the most detailed study for 40 years a period in which the world's greatest forest has come under unprecedented pressure from farmers, loggers and drought.

The environment ministry said the inventory "will allow us to have a broad panorama of the quality and the conditions in the forest cover".

Improvements in satellite monitoring technology have already provided a wealth of data about the degradation of the Amazon.

Last week, Nasa released figures showing that an area twice the size of California continues to suffer from a mega-drought, which began eight years ago. Nasa said this may be the first sign that the Amazon is suffering major consequences from climate change.

The Brazilian government also uses a sophisticated satellite system to co-ordinate its actions against illegal forest clearance. The environment ministry says this has slowed deforestation and pushed Brazil halfway towards its Copenhagen commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36% by 2020.

However, there are limits to what can be analysed from above, particularly when it comes to the quality of the forest and the biodiversity below the canopy.

"We are going to come to know the rainforest from within," said forestry minister, Antonio Carlos Hummel.

With the results expected to be released year by year, the environment minister, Izabella Teixeira, said the government would have more information on which to base its future strategies of conservation and extraction of economic value.
 

Freya H. (306)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:41 pm
I just hope this spurs them to serious action to save the Amazon rainforest. You can assess something until the Dodgers return to Brooklyn, but real action is everything.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:44 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Freya because you have done so within the last week.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:28 pm
But will they do anything POSITIVE ?


Rainforest Destruction and Human Apathy
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:00 pm
Good question Terry. Thank you for posting the link to the short on-topic video. I encourage any who haven't watched this one to take this opportunity. You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:17 pm
Thanks J.L., This is good news that comes very late in this 'climate change'. Much of the deforestation, mining, development, damming, and other human intensive actions, helped drought, silting( life & death dirt) to the water tributaries & into the oceans. The traumatic and dramatic activities around the whole planet have affected Brazil, the forests there (drought for example). At the very least, they will gain some basic data of what is left. At the most, unless we humans drastically change our destructive consuming as parasites, will come some indications of how to survive as a species, and the other life forms we have been busily exterminating, that are needed to continue the whole organism that is Earth, as a recognizable and livable home.


 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:31 pm
You are welcome Lin. Thanks for reminding everyone of the related issues to deforestation and the consequences of inaction. You cannot currently send a star to Lin because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 6:53 pm

Third try at leaving a comment. I think I will just say I hope it is not too late to reverse the damage done to the Rainforest.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 7:18 pm
Thanks for your persistence Kit! Sorry you had that challenge. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:15 am
Perhaps this will inspire everyone to think more about the value of the rainforests not only in the Amazon, but everywhere.
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:25 am
Noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 7:55 am
You cannot currently send a star to Lindsay because you have done so within the last week.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 1:03 pm
They should have done this years ago! I hope it is not too late and after this they do something about it! Thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:06 pm
I agree Melania and you are welcome.You cannot currently send a star to Melania because you have done so within the last week.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:23 pm
Thanks J.L. A. I too hope something will come from this census.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 5:33 pm
You're welcome Mary.You cannot currently send a star to Mary because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jaime A. (33)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 1:15 am
Noted, about time.!!
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Friday February 1, 2013, 2:30 pm
I just hope that this will be followed by some positive and decisive actions in order to protect the amazon rain forests!

thanks for sharing :)
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:35 pm
Thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 12:52 pm
You are welcome Sergio
 
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