The Brazilian government will provide 1 billion Brazilian reals ($597
million) to tackle deforestation in the Amazon, President Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva told the government news agency Radiobras Monday.
Lula said the BRL1 billion will be used to tackle deforestation, allow for
reforestation and control the environment.
In January, the government reported a surprising 3,200 square kilometers of
forest were cut down over the last five months, with a record-breaking 1,922
square kilometers clear-cut in November and December combined.
Lula also said the government will establish a rural environmental register.
"This is important. Producers will need to be registered if they want to receive
technical assistance or credit," Lula told Radiobras.
The government will also train 4,000 technical specialists to work on the
initial phase of the project with 100,000 rural producers, said Lula.
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