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Photographer Tommaso Rada was awarded the 1st Prize in Environmental Issues at "Estação Imagem" Award, held in Mora, a portuguese interior town, in the Alentejo region.
"Estação Imagem" is a prestigious prize and this year the jury was composed by photographers Emílio Morenatti from Associated Press, Patrick Baz from Agence France Press, editors Marion Duran in “Newsweek”, Arianna Rinaldo from "Ojo de Pez", and Frédérique Babin.
"The Last Forest"
Mozambique forest always had a big area. Today this area is decreasing quickly due to high level of deforestation. The main cause are the fires used to create agriculture areas; also the ones used for illegal hunting; and the cut of trees for the wood industry.
The number of Chinese wood-buyers multiplied last year but they are not directly responsible for the big deforestation occuring. In fact, the real cause are the lack of clear laws and the high level of corruption between the officers that should control the forests.
If the trees are cut near the base they can regerminate and generate new trees. The problem is that this kind of cut takes more time and thus it is not done very often