In an NPR news story by Lourdez Garcia-Navarro on October 14th, 2014, Paulo Moutinho, Associate Editor for Elementa‘s Sustainability Transitions domain, from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute expressed his concerns about a change in Brazil’s government potentially harming progress against Amazonian deforestation. The story In Brazil, Conservationists Worried New Congress Could Harm Amazon, also features the views of Greenpeace representative Pedro Telles, and Alberto Verissimo from Imazon, who monitors deforestation in the Amazon.
Paulo Moutinho expands on this story, stating: “Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon dropped 70% since 2006 as a consequence of protected areas expansions, law enforcement and other actions. But, to reach the zero deforestation and consolidate it we need to do more. It will be necessary – for example – to establish a policy to provide financial sustainability to those actions protecting forests. So, the Brazilians have in their hands a chance to do in the Amazon the so dreamed sustainable development. I hope our new Congress does not miss this opportunity.”
Elementa will be publishing research on this topic in the forthcoming months.