Rising Amazon deforestation rates have brought Brazil's government under growing international pressure to step up woodlandsprotection.
Under international pressure to reverse rampant rainforest destruction, Brazil’s government announced this month that it would implement a R$500 million (US$94 million) program of environmental-services payments to boost native forest protection and restoration in the country’s Amazon region. The program is Floresta+, an initiative being underwritten by the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF), a global financing mechanism that developing countries use to address climate change. Though the government of Jair Bolsonaro claimed in this month’s announcement that it had “instituted” the program, Floresta+ actually was created by the government of Bolsonaro’s predecessor, Michel Temer, in 2018, but had not yet been implemented. A July 2 directive by Environment Minister Ricardo Salles formalized the current government’s commitment to execute the program. When the Temer administration annouced Floresta+, it only provided the barebones proposal that it had sent to the South Korea-based GCF. The six-year plan... [Log in to read more]