The Amazon rainforest as seen from space - this image was shared exclusively with the Earth Hour community as Hora Do Planeta hit Brazil on March 31. This year, the Rio+20 Earth Summit will take place between 20 - 22 June 2012, focusing on sustainable development poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. Greenpeace International Exectutive Director Kumi Naidoo will dye his beard green for Rio+20 because 10,000 people accepted his IWIYW challenge to support Earth Hour. (Image ESA/NASA)
© Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon
One of the most important topics of the climate change talks in Durban centres around Brazil’s rainforests.
Brazil houses 30 percent of the remaining tropical rain forest on Earth, and has been a global leader in conservation and reducing emissions.
The country’s policymakers are considering changes to laws which would remove protection from an area equal to the size of France and the UK.
Forests are critical for people and wildlife, and also crucial to helping prevent runaway climate change.
Keep up-to-date with Brazil’s Forest Law reform HERE