At the Latin America Geospatial Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Volney Zanardi Junior, president of the Brazilian Institute of Envrionment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) gave a very interesting overview of IBAMA and some of its initiatives including monitoring and controlling forest fires, illegal deforestation in the Amazon, and oil spills.
Transparency about the state of the environment in Brazil is a key goal of IBAMA. As an example, IBAMA teamed with the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) to use satellite imagery to monitor, make public and control deforestation in the Amazon, When the program was initiated in 2004, illegal deforestation was increasng dramatically. The goal of the program was to reduce illegal deforestation by 80%. The program has been successful beyond expectations, and is now six years ahead of schedule in reducing illegal deforestation. In the graph the green line is actual deforestation and the yellow line represents the objective.
A related program is monitoring an embargo of products produced from timber illegally cut which has also contributed to reducing illegal logging.