Brazil sends more environmental inspectors to Amazon rain forest

By Park Sae-jin Posted : October 27, 2014, 10:28 Updated : October 27, 2014, 10:28
Brazil's environment minister says the government has increased the number of its inspectors in the Amazon rain forest to help halt a rise in illegal deforestation.

The minister, Izabella Teixeira, said Thursday at a deforestation seminar that the number of government inspectors in the region was upped to combat a new tactic by loggers, who are stripping smaller areas that are more difficult to detect by satellite. She didn't say how many inspectors have been deployed since the beginning of the year.

Teixeira says deforestation destroyed 4,600 square kilometers of Amazon rain forest in 2012. That was the lowest level since 2004, when 28,000 square kilometers were deforested.

She says that Brazil hopes to reduce deforestation to 3,925 square kilometers a year by 2020.

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