Campaigning to save forests

Opposing destruction of forests
Campaigning against burning of woodlands
Protesting vegetation clearance
Campaigning against forest clearance

For decade, landowners in Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil have used fire as a means to clear fields and woods for cattle ranching, in violation of the state legislation which prohibits this. In 1993, a team of environmental activists and forestry guards made a tour of the worst affected areas, confronted landowners and later denounced them to the Public Ministry. The action made headlines and later led to a debate in the House of Representatives.


An estimated 17.2 million hectares of forest lands and thousands of plant and animal species become extinct each year, many without even being noticed.

Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land