Most detailed Amazon survey in 30 years will help fight deforestation

The Brazilian government hopes to uncover new species and tribes by “knowing the rainforest from within”

The Brazilian government is to conduct the most detailed survey of the Amazon rainforest for over 30 years.

According to Brazil’s forestry ministry, the tree census will take four years to complete and will provide detailed data on tree species, soil and biodiversity as well as the effects of deforestation, climate change and conservation efforts on the world’s largest rainforest.

The survey will also help to chart the increasing growth of settlements in the Amazon region as well as the indigenous tribes in the area, some of which are previously uncontacted.

Improved satellite imaging technology has already provided a wealth of useful data, helping the government to reduce illegal deforestation in 2012 to its lowest level since monitoring began more than two decades ago.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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