Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decreed three new protected areas in the Amazon basin on Wednesday, placing 1.84 million hectares (4.55 million acres) of rainforest off-limits for development.
Lula signed decrees creating the 880,000 hectare (2.2 million acre) Campos Amazônicos National Park and two extractive reserves at a ceremony in Brasília, the environment ministry said in a statement. Extractive reserves are areas where local communities can exploit the rainforest in a sustainable manner, harvesting its fruits, nuts and rubber without logging.
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