BRAZIL DENIES AMAZON LOGGING LINK

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BRAZIL DENIES AMAZON LOGGING LINK

 user 2007-08-23 at 12:11:00 pm Views: 63
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    Brazil denies Amazon logging link
    Brazil’s
    government has promised to investigate allegations that its policy of
    settling landless communities in the Amazon is encouraging
    deforestation.

    Greenpeace
    has claimed that some of these areas are being exploited by logging
    companies, after what it says was an eight-month investigation.Brazil’s
    environment ministry says deforestation in those areas is falling but
    it will investigate the claims.The government says land distribution to
    the poor is an important objective.But Greenpeace says the
    implementation of the policy is encouraging uncontrolled logging and
    deforestation in some parts of the Amazon.

    ‘Gross exploitation’
    Greenpeace
    claims the government’s land reform agency, Incra, is setting aside
    areas for land settlement that are of great value to the timber
    industry, instead of placing people on land that has already been
    cleared.Greenpeace says links are then encouraged between the logging
    companies and unregulated groups representing the settlers, which only
    facilitates what it calls “gross exploitation” of the newly formed
    settlement.The investigation focused on an area in the state of Para,
    where more than 30,000 families were said to have been settled in 2006
    alone.The allegation comes at a time when the government is celebrating
    news that deforestation in the Amazon in the 12 months to July 2006
    fell by 25%.Environment Minister Marina da Silva has promised the
    claims will be fully investigated, but the government says satellite
    images show deforestation in settlement areas has been falling, not
    rising.