12 Sep '11, 10pm

Green Jobs? New program to compensate poor for environmental protection via @mongabay

Green Jobs? New program to compensate poor for environmental protection By Karimeh Moukaddem , mongabay.com September 12, 2011 Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has introduced a new program, Bolsa Verde (Green Allowance), to compensate the poor for environmental protection, reports Globo News . Eighteen thousand families living in extreme poverty in the Brazilian Amazon are expected to benefit in the first stage of the program. "We are guardians of the forest, but this will only happen if it remains standing. Incentive is important because we assign an economic value to nature. It's as if it were compensation for conservation," Manuel Cunha, president of the National Council of Extractive Populations of Amazonia (formerly the National Council of Rubber-Tappers) told Globo News. He believes at least 200,000 Amazonian families eventually may qualify for benefits. The Bolsa ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0912-bolsa_verde_moukaddem....

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