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Brazil unveils new technology to curb logging

Brazil's environment minister on Friday unveiled an electronic registry for the transport and storage of all forestry products, which she said would help in the battle against illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.
"Our goal is stop all illegal logging," Minister Marina Silva told reporters at a conference in Sao Paulo. "This system is more transparent and more efficient."

Ministers expect the new electronic system will reduce fraud because all forestry products traveling on Brazil's roads must now be registered in a central government database.

In the past, Brazil has been widely criticised for its failure to stop illegal logging in the Amazon, the world's largest tropical rainforest. Environmental groups say the paper documents previously required to transport timber and other forestry products were too easy to falsify.

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