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BRAZIL - Amazon region of Brazil:..Most people in the Amazon region live off fishing and basic agriculture, and especially in the southern part of the Brazilian side, cattle herding, which is extremely destructive of the forest. One important exception is the Zona Franca de Manaus (Free Zone of Manaus), created by the Brazilian government in the 1970s to implement light industries in the region, mostly electronics and motorcycles. Contrary to what might be believed, this light industrialization is very little pollutive and actually, according to some environmentalists, has helped save the rainforest around Manaus by creating job opportunities and education, thus driving people away from the heavily damaging subsistence and slash-and-burn agriculture.
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Brazil - Amazon Region
BRAZIL - Amazon region of Brazil:..Most people in the Amazon region live off fishing and basic agriculture, and especially in the southern part of the Brazilian side, cattle herding, which is extremely destructive of the forest. One important exception is the Zona Franca de Manaus (Free Zone of Manaus), created by the Brazilian government in the 1970s to implement light industries in the region, mostly electronics and motorcycles. Contrary to what might be believed, this light industrialization is very little pollutive and actually, according to some environmentalists, has helped save the rainforest around Manaus by creating job opportunities and education, thus driving people away from the heavily damaging subsistence and slash-and-burn agriculture.