There have been very few
successful attempts at creating laws that will stop rainforest destruction. Part of the reason why few of these laws have
passed is because the people of the rainforest depend on the cutting down of these trees for farming and major corporations
make a lot of money off the cutting down of the rainforest. (<www.rainforestweb.org/Rainforest Destruction/Government Policy/?state=more> 2001) There are also not enough personnel or authorities to enforce the
laws that currently exist. This was found to be especially true for Brazil. The authorities also have great natural difficulties
in reaching some areas of the rainforest. (<www.2blowhards.com/archives/000859.html> July, 2003)
The following are a few laws that were passed:
In 1973, the Decree law 701 was created by General Pinochet of the Government of Chile.
This law encouraged woodland management and replanting of woodland. “It led to the incorporation of 2.8 million hectares
into the woodland system.”(<www.american.edu/TED/chile.htm> 1996) The only problem with having so much of the woodlands replanted was
that it attracted more companies to want to come in and harvest the trees. (<www.american.edu/TED/chile.htm> 1996)
The following legislative action is an act not a law, but helps to combat deforestation. The International Forestry
Cooperation Act of 1990 allows the Environmental Careers Organization to work overseas and provide financial and technical
assistance to help other research in fight against deforestation and other causes. (<www.eco.org/Guide/Chap14/history.html> 2003)
action needs to take place before the rainforest is damaged beyond repair. The following are some steps that the government
might take in order to help the rainforest.