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Brazil to end military-led programme against Amazon fires, logging

Government data showed that just over 11,000 square kilometers of forest disappeared between July 2019 and August 2020, up 9.5% compared to the previous year and the most since 2008

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Fires in Amazon rainforest up 28% to 6,803 in July, worrying experts
Conclusion of the program means environmental agencies will once again be responsible for monitoring the country''s vast rainforest, Mourão said.

Brazil's ongoing military-led operation to curb illegal deforestation and fires in the rainforest will end April 30, Vice President Hamilton Mouro said at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

Mouro defended the success of Operation Green 2, which was launched last May and saw deployment of thousands of soldiers across the The vice president leads the government's Council to fight deforestation in the region.

Since Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro took office, domestic and concern has grown over the president's calls for economic development in the Amazon. His critics have said the military operation has failed to clamp down on rampant illegal logging.

Government data showed that just over 11,000 square kilometers of forest disappeared between July 2019 and August 2020, up 9.5% compared to the previous year and the most since 2008.

Conclusion of the program means environmental agencies will once again be responsible for monitoring the country's vast rainforest, Mouro said.

We have been working on a plan for our environmental agencies to resume, at the best of their capacity, operations and incursions into the forest, he said.

An AP investigation last year found that the number of fines issued for environmental crimes had decreased significantly in recent years, and especially under Bolsonaro.

Mouro on Wednesday also called for vital private and investments in the region.

Sustainable development, particularly in the case of the Amazon, will only succeed with greater engagement from the private sector, he said.

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First Published: Thu, January 28 2021. 06:48 IST
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