Publication / 4 November 2009

(Un)sustainable trade in the Amazon

As Brazil's foreign trade expands, the country is investing in economic infrastructure such as dams, electricity, railroads and waterways to facilitate further economic growth. At the same time, such infrastructure facilitates the further penetration of sensitive ecological areas in a country which already has the world's highest rate of deforestation.

The Netherlands is a major importer of Brazilian produce and an important distribution centre for Brazilian products. This raises the question what the Netherlands can do on the demand side to arrest deforestation and biodiversity loss and work towards more sustainable forms of trade.

This Both ENDS policy note is raising key issues for debate and putting forward some proposals for action.

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