BRASÍLIA (BDCi) – The Brazilian government has announced that an area of the Amazon larger than Delaware will be placed under federal protection, creating a reserve for the environmentally rich section of the rainforest.
The new Alto Maués has 1.65 million acres of mostly untouched forests, and as a federal reserve, forest clearing or other forms of development are strictly forbidden.
The move by the Brazilian government is one way the country combats deforestation, its main source of greenhouse gases, and the creation of these reserves is part of Brazil’s climate policy.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, some 13 species of primates and over 600 species of birds live in the Alto Maués area.
Sadly, the declaration of a federal conservation unit will not guarantee its safety and integrity.
The deforestation of the Amazon has been on the rise, as illegal loggers and settlers increase their activities and continue to challenge the authorities.