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  • How to Reduce Logging in Brazil

    2010 - 04.06

    Over recent years the deforestation rates in Brazil have been declining. However, during the period between August 2007 and July 2008 a worrying reversal took place where roughly 1.2 million hectares of rainforest was destroyed. The result of this was a diminished capacity for ecosystem services such as carbon stock retention, soil protection and climate regulation. What makes this more worrying is that it is thought that the majority of the timber coming from this region is illegally or irresponsibly harvested. This has underscored the need for improved forest management in the region.

    GFTN has addressed this crisis by working with forestry companies in the Brazilian Amazon in order to assist their progress through the GFTN tailored stepwise approach to achieve credible certification. GFTN hopes to accentuate the ecological and economic benefits to be gained through implementing best practices by organising hands on training in responsible forest management techniques such as reduced impact logging.

    Two of these training opportunities were held in November and brought together environmental law enforcers, logging companies, NGOs and managers of protected areas. The workshops were aimed at increasing the participant’s forest management capacity by learning how to reduce ecological impacts through the application of techniques and procedures that decrease damage and waste generated by conventional logging.

    Often loggers focus on harvesting the highest quality of valuable species as fast as possible with little or no regard for the environmental and social implications. In contrast participants armed with this training are able to apply a systematic approach to planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating logging that has been proven to minimise impacts on forests. This technique sets clear conditions that maintain the ecological functions of the forest and also sustains their economic benefits.

    Gaining the technical skills and understanding the financial implications are important tools in the fight to safeguard the rich biodiversity present in the Brazilian Amazon. Workshop presenters from the Tropical Forest Institute also provided information on financial costs associated with RIL, which stressed that in the long term; responsible forest management practices reduce costs and contribute to responsible forest management in the Amazon.

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