23-Abr-2011 - Protected areas cover 44% of the Brazilian Amazon

English Article
Protected areas now cover nearly 44 percent of the Amazon — an area larger than Greenland — but suffer from encroachment and poor management, reports a new study by Imazon and the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).

The report, published in Portuguese, says that by December 2010, protected areas

in the Brazilian Amazon amounted to 2,197,485 square kilometers. Conservation units like national parks accounted for just over half the area (50.6 percent), while indigenous territories represented 49.4 percent. 


Percent of land under protection in the Brazilian Amazon as of December 2010
Percent of land under protection in the Brazilian Amazon as of December 2010 
But while the extent of protected zones on paper is substantial, the report found significant human impacts in many areas. Between 1998 and 2009 12,204 square kilometers of forest within these areas was cleared. Damage was heaviest in designated "sustainable use" reserves.  (Ver también: http://animalastnews.blogspot.com/2010/11/07-nov-2010-deforestation-in-amazon.html)
Source: mongabay.com

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