Brazil and U.S. partner up to save the Cerrado savanna

Last year's fire was the worst in Cerrado history
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One year ago, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park — one of Brazil’s most beautiful, featuring over 10,000 kinds of plants and 1,500 species of animals — was partially destroyed by arson. A massive fire spread across the reserve, allegedly started by landowners in the region. While the culprits remain unidentified and unpunished, environmental institutions have joined forces with civil society in a bid to protect the reserve.

The Mosaic Veadeiros-Paranã project intends to monitor 42 protected areas — from indigenous lands, territories belonging to quilombolas (traditional slave communities), federal, municipal, and state conservation units — as well as...

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