Four Strategies to Build a Future for the Amazon

By Beto Veríssimo, Juliano J. Assunção

Brazil’s rainforest is suffering from record deforestation and poverty—but in crisis, there’s opportunity.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on supply chains The recent history of the Brazilian Amazon is one of rapid change. Over the last 50 years, the proportion of original rainforest that has been cut down increased from a mere 0.5% in 1970 to more than 21% as of 2021. The accumulated destruction—totaling more than 205 million acres—covers an area the size of Italy and Spain put together. Over the same period, the population of the Brazilian Amazon has quadrupled, reaching 28 million people in 2020. Not only has this process  taken place in a...

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