Brazil to step up measures against illegal logging

Brazil has reiterated its pledge to end illegal deforestation by 2028 amid concerns that loss of rainforests is increasing the acceleration of global warming.

Brazilian environment minister Joaquim Leite spoke at the UN climate change conference, COP26, in Britain on Wednesday.

Leite explained his country's efforts to prevent deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in South America. He said Brazil has been increasing its environment-related budget for personnel and equipment to step up monitoring to protect the forests.

He stressed that the country has moved up its target to eliminate illegal logging by two years from its previous goal of 2030.

The National Institute for Space Research in Brazil reports that about 10,000 square kilometers of rainforest were destroyed last year.

Analysts say that deforestation has accelerated under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is putting emphasis on developing the Amazon. Attention is focused on whether effective measures will actually be taken.