Good News for the Rain Forest in Brazil

Brazil announced yesterday it will protect a huge part of its tropical forest, bigger than England… about 58,000 square miles.

“I cannot remember any single announcement like this,” said José Maria Cardoso da Silva, vice president of science for Conservation International (CI)-Brazil. “This is one of the major conservation announcements of the last decades.” Adalberto Verissimo, senior researcher at IMAZON, agreed. “This is the greatest effort in history toward the creation of protected areas in tropical forests,” he said.

The new areas help to connect other protected areas, creating a conservation corridor that allows wildlife to roam vast landscapes. Connecting various populations allows the wild birds and animals to interbreed, strengthen their gene pool, and thereby increase their chances for long-term survival, says CI.

The contiguous protected ecosystem ensures access to a healthy water supply for the people who live in Amazonia. People around the world also benefit, because the carbon-dioxide emissions that would accompany the forest’s destruction are prevented.

Endangered species in the new protected areas include the giant otter and northern bearded saki monkey, as well as the jaguar, giant anteater and black spider monkey, living among some of the richest biological diversity on Earth.

So when your travels take you in search of tropical forest, the good news is, there will be some left to see. And probably for your children and their children, too.

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pix via CI. See more CI pix from the Amazon at their slideshow.