Development without deforestation: valuing the Amazon’s natural capital



Posted on 26 March 2014  | 
Meeting of Manu River (sediment laden) with clearer Madre de Dios River. Former Manu River channel still visible but covered with vegetation.
© © André Bärtschi / WWF-CanonEnlarge
The reduction in deforestation rates achieved in Brazil over recent years has made it possible to identify the factors and conditions needed to reduce deforestation without jeopardising economic growth, and creates an opportunity to encourage the Andean-Amazonian countries, whose deforestation rates continue to grow, to seek out viable solutions for reducing them.

Within a perspective of maintaining the Amazon as a single ecological unit, and despite representing only a fraction of this vast biome, the Living Amazon Initiative (LAI) has selected two transboundary priority landscapes to implement pilot projects designed to test and multiply effective solutions to address the problems of deforestation and natural resource depletion.

Find out more in LAI´s Strategy 3 - Curbing Deforestation and Enabling a Forest Economy factsheet. File for download available on this page.
Meeting of Manu River (sediment laden) with clearer Madre de Dios River. Former Manu River channel still visible but covered with vegetation.
© © André Bärtschi / WWF-Canon Enlarge

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