Dear Dr. Shrestha,
Public opinion polls do exist and they clearly show that Brazilians are rather worried about this
and would like to have deforestation stopped. However, that raises some complex issues since
most Brazilians live in the south and center of the country and for them the Amazon and
deforestation are somewhat abstract comments. I don’t know of any opinion polls in the Amazon
itself but my intuition tells me that the average person living in the region is not particularly
concerned at all – to the contrary he or she sees the forest as a resource to be exploited and
converted into something else, which is not in itself an unreasonably proposition.
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Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 9:44 PM
To: Kaimowitz, David (CIFOR); CIFOR-Polex Listserve
Cc: Benoit Mertens (CIRAD)
Subject: RE: Beefing up the Brazilian Amazon
Do we know? how much Brazilians are worried about this?
Let us take public opinion of Brazil.
Dr. Suraj P. Shrestha
Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment