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How one Texan rancher is fighting to save the Amazon rainforest.
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Cuiaba, Brazil - Agriculture in Brazil is booming, with beef exports alone generating almost $6bn a year, and soy production set to surpass that of the US to become the largest in the world.

This is especially true in Mato Grosso, the state at the heart of the forest's southeastern "arc of deforestation". Here, 136,000 square kilometres of forest have been cleared in the past 25 years - more than anywhere else in Brazil.

After moving to Mato Grosso in 1996 and witnessing what he likens to an "environmental holocaust" wrought by bulldozers, chainsaws and fire, Texan rancher John Carter came to believe there was only one way to slow the destruction: working with landowners.

 

 


/Sylvia Rowley

Agriculture in Brazil is booming, with soy production set to surpass that of the US to become the largest in the world.



/Sylvia Rowley
This is taking a great toll on the Amazon rainforest, which is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 427 mammals, 1,294 birds and 378 reptiles.


/Sylvia Rowley
earthrise reporter Russell Beard flies two-and-a-half hours by light aircraft from the Brazilian city of Goiania to reach the remote frontier.


/Sylvia Rowley/ Al Jazeera
On the Amazon's southeastern frontier, an area of forest the size of Greece has been cleared in the state of Mato Grosso alone. 


/Sylvia Rowley
After moving to Mato Grosso in 1996 and witnessing years of environmental destruction, Texan John Carter set up a conservation group with a difference.


/David Aspinall
Operating in lawless frontier territory, Alianca da Terra has now recruited over 500 ranchers and farmers who are keen to supply a growing market in sustainable sourced goods, and have signed up to curb their impact on the forest. 


/Sylvia Rowley

Alianca da Terra carries out environmental and social audits of farms and agree mandatory improvement plans with farmers, focusing on areas such as riverside forest cover, erosion and fire prevention. 



/David Aspinall

More than 100 indigenous people have been trained to fight fire, including members of the Xavante tribe.



/David Aspinall
The fire crew also provide backup for others who are trying to protect the environment, such as a local state park manager who has received death threats from poachers.


/Sylvia Rowley
Thanks to the training and assistance of Alianca da Terra’s fire brigade, landowners are nearly 40 percent less likely to experience fire on their land after joining up. 


Follow Sylvia Rowley on Twitter: @SylviaJR


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Alianca da Terra carries out environmental and social audits of farms and agree mandatory improvement plans with farmers, focusing on areas such as riverside forest cover, erosion and fire prevention. 

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More than 100 indigenous people have been trained to fight fire, including members of the Xavante tribe.

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Saving the AmazonOne Texan rancher is fighting to save the Amazon rain forest by convincing others to embrace an ethos of sustainable agriculture.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Allianceen-ussupport@newscred.comUntitled Site10Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:25:43 GMT http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/57e5cbb33c8e3f7432cbdbf87937c185

Agriculture in Brazil is booming, with soy production set to surpass that of the US and become the largest in the world.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/57e5cbb33c8e3f7432cbdbf87937c185Sylvia Rowley

Agriculture in Brazil is booming, with soy production set to surpass that of the US and become the largest in the world.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/6ccc99106ce2d87af88631b34fa37c56

This is taking a great toll on the Amazon rainforest, which is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 427 mammals, 1,294 birds and 378 reptiles.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/6ccc99106ce2d87af88631b34fa37c56Sylvia Rowley

This is taking a great toll on the Amazon rainforest, which is home to more than 40,000 plant species, 427 mammals, 1,294 birds and 378 reptiles.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/e33b8bec00ea9bd5f09fca0482cf7646

earthrise reporter Russell Beard flies two-and-a-half hours by light aircraft from the Brazilian city of Goiania to reach the remote frontier.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/e33b8bec00ea9bd5f09fca0482cf7646Sylvia Rowley

earthrise reporter Russell Beard flies two-and-a-half hours by light aircraft from the Brazilian city of Goiania to reach the remote frontier.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/734dc340ffdb6f0c94e859c98e16a8d2

On the Amazon's southeastern frontier, an area of forest the size of Greece has been cleared in the state of Mato Grosso alone. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/734dc340ffdb6f0c94e859c98e16a8d2Sylvia Rowley/ Al Jazeera

On the Amazon's southeastern frontier, an area of forest the size of Greece has been cleared in the state of Mato Grosso alone. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/03d5d604bf4ad16cd8780ca4eae21f6e

After moving to Mato Grosso in 1996 and witnessing years of environmental destruction, Texan John Carter set up a conservation group with a difference.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/03d5d604bf4ad16cd8780ca4eae21f6eSylvia Rowley

After moving to Mato Grosso in 1996 and witnessing years of environmental destruction, Texan John Carter set up a conservation group with a difference.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/343a075d538be63a0688bc53044a7a93

Operating in lawless frontier territory, Alianca da Terra has now recruited over 500 ranchers and farmers who are keen to supply a growing market in sustainable sourced goods, and have signed up to curb their impact on the forest. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/343a075d538be63a0688bc53044a7a93David Aspinall

Operating in lawless frontier territory, Alianca da Terra has now recruited over 500 ranchers and farmers who are keen to supply a growing market in sustainable sourced goods, and have signed up to curb their impact on the forest. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/28594f141abf9a3e8d6633d71e08468a

Alianca da Terra carry out environmental and social audits of farms and agree mandatory improvement plans with farmers, focusing on areas such as riverside forest cover, erosion and fire prevention. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/28594f141abf9a3e8d6633d71e08468aSylvia Rowley

Alianca da Terra carry out environmental and social audits of farms and agree mandatory improvement plans with farmers, focusing on areas such as riverside forest cover, erosion and fire prevention. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/ab4bce7c912d431e41399c4ae618a0b1

Over 100 indigenous people have been trained to fight fire, including members of the Xavante tribe.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/ab4bce7c912d431e41399c4ae618a0b1David Aspinall

Over 100 indigenous people have been trained to fight fire, including members of the Xavante tribe.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/e154a9bed8dadef74acc1962d8cf7cdb

The fire crew also provide backup for others who are trying to protect the environment, such as a local state park manager who has received death threats from poachers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/e154a9bed8dadef74acc1962d8cf7cdbDavid Aspinall

The fire crew also provide backup for others who are trying to protect the environment, such as a local state park manager who has received death threats from poachers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/f09040b29f76dc8c522f4df9fc2d9e89

Thanks to the training and assistance of Alianca da Terra’s fire brigade, landowners are nearly 40 percent less likely to experience fire on their land after joining up. 

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Amazon_Alliance/slideshow/no-caption/f09040b29f76dc8c522f4df9fc2d9e89Sylvia Rowley

Thanks to the training and assistance of Alianca da Terra’s fire brigade, landowners are nearly 40 percent less likely to experience fire on their land after joining up. 



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