RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) ? Researchers monitoring the destruction of Brazil’s Amazon forest say the creation of conservation units and indigenous reserves has not been enough to contain deforestation.
The Ministry of Science and Technology’s Prodes Project analyzes satellite images of the forest.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo says the project reports that deforestation increased 127 percent in the century’s first decade for the 132 conservation units observed.
Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment says 96,500 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) of forest have become part of federal conservation units and 38,600 square miles (100,000 square kilometers) have become indigenous reserves since 2004.