Imprimir Republish


Another plan to stop deforestation in the Amazon

One of the goals is to increase oversight by environmental agencies

Vinícius Mendonça / Ibama

In early June, Brazil’s federal government relaunched the Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Legal Amazon (PPCDAM) with the goal of achieving zero deforestation in the region by 2030. At more than 100 pages, the new update to the document—the first version of which was initially presented in 2004—outlines four lines of action and 12 objectives. One of the targets is for the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) to increase oversight in 30% of the illegally deforested area. The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), meanwhile, must protect half of the illegally deforested areas identified in federal conservation areas by the Satellite-Based Deforestation Monitoring in the Legal Amazon (PRODES) project, run by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Some of the plan’s objectives are to be completed by 2027, such as the suspension of Rural Environmental Registrations (CAR) for properties extending into indigenous territories, the conversion of 100% of vacant land into federal assets, and the creation of 3 million hectares of conservation area (Reset, June 5; g1, June 7).