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Stop the Amazon fires and plan for the future

According to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the human-induced fires that are ravaging one of the most important regions of the planet must be stopped. Life on earth depends on the wellbeing of biomes such as tropical rainforests and the Amazon rainforest, due to its size, represents a significant part of that wellbeing. Source: Timberbiz

Clearly, the number one priority in the global Amazon crisis is to put out the fires in Brazil and Bolivia but once this is done, what is the next step?

Will the placement of military forces for an indefinite period solve the problem?

While this form of command and control action is important, FSC believes it will not be enough to end deforestation.

FSC believes that part of the solution is sustainable forest management. Another important piece in the puzzle is the implementation of an integrated holistic action plan that involves the Brazilian Ministries of Environment or Agriculture and includes all sectors and levels of government and civil society in the debate.

In the Amazon, deforestation needs to be prevented and responsible forest management, conservation and restoration are initiatives that need support and investment.

Indigenous Peoples, traditional communities, small and large companies, governments and NGOs – all must be part of this responsible management process.