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December 21, 2011 - Brazilian Forest Code Revisions Threaten Amazon Rainforest via @EcoInternet

The Amazon rainforest is the Earth's most important ecosystem, providing services that make life possible, yet it is in serious danger. The Brazilian Congress have recently gutted Brazil’s forest protection laws under heavy pressure from agribusiness, and a new forest code bill will soon be on the President's desk (it has been slightly delayed) for signature. Revisions to the forest code seek to undermine permanently protected legal reserves, as well as public payments for ecological services and compensation for maintaining forestland in their natural state, within an agricultural landscape. The current forest code from 1965 does need revision. It has resulted in haphazard fragmentation of rainforests, and is routinely violated. However, these new revisions to the forest code have been developed without any serious contributions from the scientific community. As rewritt...

Full article: http://forests.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=brazil_fo...

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