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It's a jungle out there

How Brazil could save the rainforest

Courtesy of Zig Koch / WWF-Canon - Squirrel monkey, Tumucumaque National Park, Amapá, Brazil
By Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF Foreign Affairs May 21, 2014
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Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.

On May 21, the Brazilian government and its partners secured financing for the Amazon Region Protected Areas, or ARPA. This project is the largest tropical forest conservation effort in history; at 150 million acres, it will preserve an area three times larger than all of the U.S. national parks combined. Further, with innovative funding from across several countries and sectors, ARPA could become the first effort to permanently protect these vast swaths of rainforest, of which an area the size of Afghanistan has been destroyed since 1970.

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