"Restoring forests could create green jobs - but protecting existing forest is crucial, analysts say".
"RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's former president and front-runner in October elections, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, would seek "net zero deforestation" in the country if elected, a political plan published Tuesday said.
The document outlines Lula's plans for office and has about 120 directives for a future government, including a strong focus on lifting Brazilians from poverty and preserving the environment.
"Our commitment is to the relentless fight against illegal deforestation and the promotion of net zero deforestation," it said, noting "net zero" deforestation plans would include restoration of degraded areas.
Widescale restoration efforts could potentially be a significant generator of jobs in poor regions of the country, analysts said."
Fabio Teixeira reports for Thomson Reuters Foundation June 21, 2022.