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Forty-two percent of the Amazon Forest has been declared as protected, but deforestation is still a present threat. This presentation discusses what measures Brazil has taken to reduce deforestation in the Amazon Forest, why deforestation is still occurring, and what barriers there are to intensifying agricultural land use as an alternative to clearing more land.
Paulo Barreto of IMAZON (Amazon Institute of People and the Environment) gave this presentation on 15 June 2012 at the ‘Economic and policy drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon’ side event organised by CIFOR at Rio+20. The event aimed to review the recent economic and social drivers of the deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon region, and to analyse to what extent environmental policies have been effective in decreasing deforestation rates recently.