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Brazil to Boost Amazon Forest Oversight as Deforestation Jumps

  • Logging increased 51% in first quarter from year prior
  • Deforastation accelerated as Brazil focused on virus, VP says
A field scorched by wildfires stands in the Amazon rainforest in this aerial photograph taken near the Candeias do Jamari region of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. 
Photographer: Leonardo Carrato/Bloomberg

Brazil plans to increase oversight of the Amazon rainforest to curb land grabbers and illegal loggers who have caused a 51% jump in deforestation during the first quarter of the year, according to Vice President Hamilton Mourao.

The vice president, who leads a so-called Amazon Council responsible for coordinating federal government actions in the region, said he’ll submit by Friday a plan to President Jair Bolsonaro suggesting “repressive actions” against illegal loggers.