Policy ForumEcology

National Forests in the Amazon

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Science  30 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5586, pp. 1478
DOI: 10.1126/science.1072807

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Brazil's government is currently implementing a policy for sustainable forest production within an expanded system of National Forests (Flonas). By 2010, 50 million hectares of new Flonas will be created. The scale of this initiative is equivalent to the 1908 establishment of the U.S. National Forest system and is unprecedented in the tropics. The resultant mosaic of conservation areas, combining Flonas with fully protected parks and indigenous reservations, will enhance biodiversity conservation and economic stability throughout the Amazon. Establishment of these Flonas will foster development of large-scale sustainable forestry and make Brazil a world leader in conserving natural resources.