Good news for the price of timber, good news for those fighting illegal logging, good news for everyone except for those human beings who prefer to breath oxygen in their air, in fact. Brazil's brilliant plan to stop the wholesale rape of its rainforest is.....to allow it to continue, just make it legal! Here's Mongabay with the story.
Brazil will auction large blocks of the Amazon rainforest to private timber companies as part of an effort to reduce demand for illegal logging, reports Reuters.
The government will grant 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of logging concessions by the end of the year, according to Antonio Carlos Hummel, head of Brazil's National Forestry Service. Within four to five years, 11 million hectares will be auctioned.
Existing concessions cover only 150,000 hectares, yet Brazil is the world's largest producer of tropical timber, mostly due to illegal logging on the poorly governed forest frontier.