Op-ed: CIPÓ research on deforestation in Legal Amazon municipalities and exports to China

In an op-ed published by Diálogo Chino and signed by the CIPÓ researchers Flávia do Amaral Vieira and João Ricardo Cumaru Silva Alves, as well as Executive Director Adriana Abdenur, the authors comments the research carried out by Plataforma CIPÓ that analyses deforestation data across 219 municipalities in the Legal Amazon between 2020 and 2022. The state of Mato Grosso is at the top of the ranking, with 9 of 20 municipalities featuring the highest increases in deforestation.

The research notes the connection between the evolution of productions and the deforestation increase, since logging, to livestock ranching and soybean cultivation, of which the second is the main responsible for this deforestation in the area, followed by the soybean cultivation for export, of which 80% goes to China.

Since China is the main buyer of Brazilian agricultural products, the country is essential for international cooperation to reduce environmental crimes in Amazon.

To reduce the socioenvironmental impacts, directs and indirects, of commodities production in exportation, we recommend that the Brazilian government establish more efficient mechanisms of traceability and sustainability of supply chains with environmental footprint in Amazon. We also suggest that the agroenvironmental plan must consider the environmental and climate risk management and include incentives for forest management and family farming.

Plataforma CIPÓ

Another way to promote a more sustainable and climate-friendly development model is by negotiating a bilateral political declaration with China on addressing deforestation and environmental crimes.

Plataforma CIPÓ
Plataforma CIPÓhttps://plataformacipo.org/
Plataforma CIPÓ is an independent, women-led policy institute focusing on climate, governance, and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean and, more generally, the Global South.



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