27 May '12, 11am

Dilma's partial veto not enough to protect Brazil's forests

Dilma's partial veto not enough to protect Brazil's forests

Dilma's partial veto not enough to protect Brazil's forests 27 May 2012 Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has neither fully approved nor completely vetoed the bill attempting to weaken the country's forest protection. Despite massive national and international social mobilisation in favour of a full veto, the president opted to reject 12 of 84 articles in the bill. This attempt to break up elements of an already complicated piece of legislation will make the revised Forest Code extraordinarily difficult to implement - and Brazil's forests may well suffer as a result. President Rousseff's unfortunate decision comes just weeks before Brazil hosts the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. It means she's sent a very unclear message about Brazil’s commitment to environmental protection, which will make it difficult for her to speak credibly about sustain...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?uNewsID=5997

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