Fighting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA)
This article was originally written by Natsuko Utsumi for World Bank’s web site.
The Brazilian Amazon
The Amazon occupies almost half of Brazil’s territory and constitutes a major part of the world’s tropical forest: around 4.1 million square kilometers of forest are in Brazil alone, or 1/3 of the world’s tropical forests. The Amazon encompasses more than a thousand rivers that form the Amazon River Basin, an area of 7.3 million square kilometers. The Amazon is rich in natural resources, especially fresh water and forests, as well as large reserves of oil and raw materials for medicine, cosmetics, and food. Continue Reading