11 November 2009
Twenty years later, roughly half the state is marked as a protected area. The government continues to integrate conservation efforts into development plans, but total deforestation rates have still risen in recent years. To avoid further forest loss, the state is looking to assistance from outside funders.
"We have already burned a lot of our own fat", said Governor Binho Marques at a Woodrow Wilson Center event earlier this month in Washington, D.C. "We can't do this on our own."