The Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, recently signed decrees to expand the Amazon National Park and also create seven new protected areas in the western part of the state of Para.
The decrees bring the total protected area in Para to 6.4 million hectares. The protected areas would ensure that the planned paving of highway br -163 does not result in uncontrolled logging on lands bordering the road.
Claudio Maretti, coordinator of the Protected Areas Program of the World Wide Fund for Nature of Brazil, said the step would keep land grabbers at bay.
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