'More than 20% of Amazon deforestation happening in preservation areas'

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July 7, 2008 03:24

One tree out every five cut down in the Brazilian Amazon is being taken from government-protected areas where logging is illegal or heavily restricted, a study published Sunday showed. About 22 percent of the deforestation in the rain forest last year took place in Indian reserves or preservation areas, according to government statistics published by the O Globo newspaper. The study was conducted by Brazil's environmental agency Ibama using satellite images, O Globo said. The report has yet to be officially released by the government. "It shows that our reserves are not well protected," Environment Minister Carlos Minc told O Globo. "It's not enough to create an area on paper to guarantee the forest's preservation." Officials at the environmental agency could not be reached Sunday.


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