VIDEO: Brazilian Government Tackling Climate Change in Brazil

November 24, 2009

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The Brazilian National Plan on
Climate Change, launched in December 2008, comprises a set of over one hundred
actions and programs to reduce carbon emissions across different sectors of
the Brazilian economy. The two main tactics emphasized in the plan –
measures to tackle deforestation and promote the use of biofuels and other
renewable energy sources — are expected to lead Brazil’s transition to a
low-carbon economy.

According to the latest data from the 1st National Emissions Inventory,
deforestation and land-use change account for up to 75 percent of Brazil’s
greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, combating deforestation is at the
center of the national strategy to tackle global warming.

The National Plan on Climate Change sets domestic targets to reduce
deforestation in the Amazon by 80 percent by the year 2020 and includes
cross-governmental efforts to strengthen monitoring and enforcement measures,
create new conservation units and promote sustainable activities in the

As a result of the national plan, deforestation in the Amazon already
dropped 45.7 percent from August 2008 to July 2009, reaching the lowest levels
since the government started monitoring deforestation in 1988. This
significant decline in deforestation is a key component of the Brazilian
government’s plan to cut at least 36.1 percent of the overall 80 percent
greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020 through voluntary mitigation actions.

To learn more about how Brazil is playing a major role in tackling global
climate change in the run up to Copenhagen, watch the videos below:


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Source: newswire

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