United States Under Pressure to Protect Tropical Forests

11 November 2009

 The state of Acre in western Brazil gained notoriety in 1988 when cattle ranchers murdered Chico Mendes, a rubber tapper who campaigned against the destruction of the Amazon forest.

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."