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March 20, 2014 Thursday 12:40 AM EST
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IBAHRI/Instituto Innovare Prize Winner Showcases Ground-breaking Amazon Sustainability Project at Stockholm World Forests Summit
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The International Bar Association issued the following news release:

Brazilian prosecutor Daniel Cesar Azeredo Avelino will present his prize-winning project 'Green Municipalities' at the World Forests Summit in Stockholm today. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Instituto Innovare jointly awarded Mr Avelino the Special Category Prize for 'Justice and Sustainability' in 2012 for his innovative project, which aims to stop deforestation in the northern Brazilian state of Para completely by 2020.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Baroness Helena Kennedy said 'We are delighted that Daniel Cesar Avelino is participating in this important international event. His ground-breaking programme is clearly making an impact on deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. As a federal prosecutor, Mr Avelino is an inspiration to the global legal community, which has an obligation to join the fight against climate change and environmental damage.' She added, 'International forestry bodies and communities may learn a lot from his experiences working in the Brazilian state of Para.'

As part of the prize jointly awarded by the IBAHRI and the Instituto Innovare, Mr Avelino is being sponsored to join the 19 international speakers at the inaugural Summit, organised by prominent publication The Economist. Mr Avelino will be a participant on an expert panel comprising the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, Tony Simons, and the Director of WWF International, Rodney Taylor. They will address the expansion of commercial agriculture, with Mr Avelino speaking specifically on the significance of forests in addressing climate change.

Brazilian prosecutor and author of the prize-winning 'Green Municipalities' project, Mr Avelino, said, 'Our work against deforestation is all about partnership. We have several institutions working together but much more is needed.' He added, 'We are very happy to participate in this event that gives visibility to our achievements, strengthening the partnerships and perhaps enabling new partnerships.'

The 'Green Municipalities' project objective, to eliminate deforestation in the Brazilian state of Para by 2020, is to be achieved through a series of incentive agreements between the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office, state municipalities, banks and rural producers. These agreements facilitate access to credit and tax benefits programmes that reduce deforestation for livestock and stimulate sustainable agriculture practices. Since its inception in 2009, more than 110,000 landholdings and 100 state municipalities have registered with the scheme which has been monitored and enforced by the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office so effectively that it has resulted in a dramatic 40 per cent reduction of deforestation in the region.

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Contact: Romana St. Matthew - Daniel

Press Office, International Bar Association, +44 (0)7940 731 915, +44 (0)20 7842 0094, +44 (0)20 7842 0090, romana.daniel@int-bar.org

Email: romana.daniel@int-bar.org

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