Protecting the Amazon Rainforest

At least on paper there appears to be an effort on the part of the state of Amazonas to sustain its part of the forest.  We hope this is a shared plan for sustainable logging. -carlos

Extensive Inventory Forms Basis for Legislation Governing When Trees in the Brazilian Rainforests Can Be Logged

Forest under water: the Várzea forests in Amazonia and Rio Solimões are unique ecosystems which are regularly flooded. In order to preserve tree diversity in the forests, the state of Amazonia has issued new legislation to regulate the timber industry. The scientific foundation for such new laws was developed, among others, by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry. (Credit: Florian Wittmann, MPIC)

ScienceDaily (Dec. 16, 2010)— The forestry industry in a highly sensitive part of the Amazon rainforest has just become more sustainable thanks to the work of a team of researchers, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.

They produced an inventory of extensive forest areas, regularly flooded by the Amazon and Solimões rivers, and calculated the rates of growth and reproduction of individual species of trees. The Brazilian state of Amazonas has taken these findings as the basis for its new logging legislation for the floodplain forests.

The state of Amazonas, Brazil has recently passed an amendment to deliver more sustainable logging in the floodplain forests. The amendment governs how often a species may be logged, how many trees may be taken and the necessary tree circumference. The forested areas along the Amazon and Solimões rivers, which specialists refer to as the Várzea forests, extend up to 100 kilometres inland from each side of both rivers and cover a total of around 300,000 square kilometres , an area virtually the size of Germany. Since the Várzea forests are regularly flooded, they form a unique ecosystem, but it is at serious risk from intensive logging.

The amendment is based on studies conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA). Researchers from both institutions spent more than ten years studying the growth and population dynamics of the species of tree found in the floodplain forests.

“The state of Amazonas is imposing stringent monitoring,” says Wittmann. “There is also a good incentive for the timber industry to observe the strict rules because otherwise they won’t be given an environmental certificate and so won’t be able to sell their timber.” It’s not just Brazilian but also international timber companies which operate in the floodplain forests.

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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