With more than 30 years of experience in the fight against deforestation, the Rainforest Alliance is uniquely positioned to advise governments and businesses on how to implement significant changes in aid to healthy forests. Our advocacy team is working, both regionally and nationally, to develop more responsible corporate policies and to promote far-reaching legislation around the world. Brazil, the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world, is located in the eastern half of South America. People in Brazil are famous for their entgoing, friendly and joyful nature. Brazilian women are considered the best dressed in the world. Brazil is a federal republic of 23 states. The capital is Brasilia. Portuguese is the official language and is spoken with a clear Brazilian accent. Brazil has a population of more than 138 million people from many different races and ethnic groups. Brazil produces a number of industrial products, including cars, chemicals, ships, machinery and military weapons. The mining industry is also an important industry.
Agriculture is another important industry. Many crops are exported, including coffee (Brazil is the world`s largest coffee producer), cotton, soybeans, sugar, cocoa, rice, corn and fruit. While harvesting wood from protected forests may not seem like a reasonable strategy to combat deforestation, the results of conservation are far-moving. One of the most inspiring examples is our work in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. Here, in a region that is experiencing some of the largest forest losses in Central America, nine municipally managed forest concessions have achieved near-zero deforestation in the past 14 years. Not only that, concessions have a significantly lower incidence of forest fires than nearby protected areas. They also recommend proposing specific provisions for the sustainable management of sustainable and deforestation-free forests and agricultural raw materials for all relevant new EU comprehensive trade agreements. Yet deforestation rates around the world continue to accelerate — they deprive us of our best defence against climate change, threaten global food security and cause extreme hardship for rural and forest communities around the world. An effective and long-term transfer of sustainability requires considerable investment.
But the costs of more sustainable agriculture and logging should not be borne solely by rural producers. Businesses are ideally placed to support farmers and forest communities by taking part in pre-costs and paying more for products that have been produced more sustainably. And as consumers, we can all encourage companies to do it ourselves by making better decisions, for example, by choosing to buy certified products from the Rainforest Alliance. The Council today adopted conclusions that contain policy guidelines for the protection and restoration of forests around the world. Member States welcome the Commission`s communication on intensifying EU action in this area. The engines are all part of a global economy based on natural resource exploitation: logging, mining and land grabbing for agricultural expansion. The latter alone is responsible for the incredible 80% of the loss of the rainforest. From Brazil to Indonesia, the large agricultural industry is devastating huge parts of virgin forests to make room for lucrative pastures and farmland.
In doing so, grubbing (the fastest way to forest removal) is setting the world on fire and causing an ecological chain reaction resulting from rising emissions, rising temperatures and devastating forest fires in the Amazon. Here are our key approaches to tropical forest conservation around the world: our sector partnership program strengthens lobbying by local organizations