Brazil Proposes Fund to Protect Amazon
The World and Brazil in particular have come a long way in recent years regarding acknowledging the need to protect the world's rainforests and climate, and developing policy sufficient for doing so. Not so long ago Brazil's government railed against any suggestion by the international community that the Amazon should be protected. Now at the international climate talks in Kenya the Brazilian government has asked “rich nations to back a plan to help it slow deforestation“. Along with other tropical rainforest rich countries like Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica, it has proposed that a fund be established “that developing countries can tap after they prove they have slowed initial deforestation rates”. This proposal definitely represents progress towards solving two of the world's most dire ecological crises – terrestrial habitat loss [search] and global warming/heating [search]. But as always with such proposals, the devil is in the details. Forest diminishment such as what is caused by “selective” logging and other industrial developments permanently lowers the ability of ancient forests to hold carbon. To be truly effective, such climate funding for forest conservation must protect against deforestation as well as all ecological diminishment of large, contiguous and relatively intact forest expanses. Ancient forests can simply not be acceptably industrially managed while still holding all their carbon.