The Lion Wakes Up (Executive Summary)

Publication - 6 March, 2008
In January 2008, after three years of good news about decreasing annual rates of deforestation in the Amazon region, the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and the Brazilian National Institute on Space Research (INPE) released preliminary data showing a record-breaking increase in the destruction rates of the planet’s largest rainforest in the second half of 2007. The news was devastating, both for the country and for its government's reputation.

A destroyed Brazilian nut tree field (castanheira) in the Amazon rainforest.An analysis provided by Greenpeace and a recent photo documentation show how the Lula Government’s forest protection ‘Action Plan’ failed to stop the record-breaking level of deforestation in the Amazon reported for last half of 2007.

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Executive summary: The government of President Lula had launched, in March 2004, an ambitious plan to fight deforestation and celebrated its results in several international forums, including the crucial United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Bali, in early December 2007. In 2005, Greenpeace released a critical review of the Plan's first year. This report presents a new analysis of the accomplishments and what was left undone as of July 2007. It is based on field surveys and interviews with government officials from six ministries (MMA, MDA, MCT, MAPA, MJ, MDIC), and with officials from IBAMA, the National Indigenous Foundation FUNAI and the National Institute of Land Reform INCRA, in Brasília and in four states – Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Pará, and Rondônia. Scientists, community members and social movement leaders were also heard.

Num. pages: 5