Active Responsibility

All landowners in Brazil who wish to make use of the forests are subject to the above-mentioned Plano de Manejo Florestal Sustentável (sustainable forestry management plan).

IBAMA, the Brazilian environmental authority, and its federal subsidiary bodies have attached comprehensive conditions to these forestry management plans.

These include providing socially acceptable board and lodgings for the forestry workers. Whole families work in these camps, which are situated in the middle of the forest, many hours away from the nearest village. Some forestry management companies are obliged to show that the children of the families attend school, and they pay towards the cost of school buses to collect the children and bring them home again.