A forester preparing his saw for cutting wood in Amazon forest in the State of Parâ, Brazil.
Photo: © FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri


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Policy-makers from Brazil, Uruguay and Indonesia discussed the role of forests in the global bioeconomy at a meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Bonn University’s Center for Development Research (ZEF) provided the venue for a meeting of policy-makers from Brazil, Uruguay and Indonesia in mid-October on the role of tropical forests and natural landscapes in the global bioeconomy. The event, organised by ZEF in co-operation with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), was aimed at identifying implications for policies towards sustainable bio-based transformation.

With 65 per cent of its territory covered by forests, Brazil has the second-largest forest area in the world, surpassed only by Russia. Natural forests account for more than 500 million hectares, and forest plantations for roughly 6.5 million hectares.

Pedro Alvez Corrêa Neto, Director, Development of Value Chains and Sustainable Production at Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, explained that in 2010, the country had launched its Low-Carbon Agriculture (ABC) in the framework of its national policy on climate change. The ABC Plan is a credit initiative providing loans for farmers to implement sustainable agriculture practices, including the integration of crops, livestock and forests.

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