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Since 1988 Brazils had the best technology in the world to monitor the forest. Official data comes from INPE to monitor clear-cutting. But illegal deforastion is hard to detect. The satellite images they get are covered by clouds a lot. Even if they catch it happening its hard to see who it is because deforestation isnt totally illegal in Brazil. It's impossible to figure out whether the land clearing is illegal unless it is known who owns the land and how much they have.
The Amazon is huge and indigeous groups are still being found! Brazil officially owns about 70 percent of the remaining Amazon forest. The rest is theoretically owned or occupied by a patchwork of small households or reservations. Sometimes people try to take and sell this land, thats what the gang tried tried to do.
What about the people who bought land from the recently convicted deforestation gang. Will they suffer any consequences? The Federal Police responsible for the operation have not responded to repeated requests for information. Its quite a conrtovircial subject!
One of the new tools under development to fight deforestation is called the Cadastro Ambiental Rural, itll attempt to register property limits into a national database hopefully making determining who owns what land easier. Now, lets head back to the class room!
Well! It sure is nice to be back! Hopfully you learned something today and enjoyed our field trip:) Dont tell your parents you did nothing today!
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