September 26, 2008

Deforestation Plan In The Works For Brazil

A key commitment in a drafted climate change plan states the Brazilian government has pledged to end net deforestation by 2015

The plan, however, stops short of setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The draft sets out how Brazil will help prevent climate change, and how it will adapt to it. President Lula promised the plan nearly a year ago.

However, environmental group Greenpeace criticized it for simply highlighting existing proposals. It said the draft did not explain how they would be brought into action.

The provisional version will go for public consultation before being finalized. Currently, no specific targets are set for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions amongst Brazil's industrial sectors.

But with deforestation accounting for 75% of the country's emission, it sets out a timetable to reduce forest loss to a point where by 2015, more Brazilian trees are being planted than are cut down.

This will be possible through an aggressive program of restoring native forests, as well as further crackdowns on illegal logging, according to the Environment Minister Carlos Minc.

The document also measures incentives to improve energy efficiency and to encourage renewable energy sources such as wind power.


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