09 May '11, 8pm

Brazil's forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

Brazil's forest code debate may determine fate of the Amazon rainforest

RELATED ARTICLES Indigenous tribes, ranchers team to battle Amazon fires September 15, 2010 08:40 AM Demand for gold pushing deforestation in Peruvian Amazon April 20, 2011 08:33 AM In Brazil, Violence Looms at the Forest Edge April 10, 2008 10:04 AM Depopulation may be harming the Amazon rainforest April 1, 2010 10:08 AM Brazil's forest code may be about to get an overhaul. The federal code, which presently requires landowners in the Amazon to keep 80 percent of their land forest (20-35% in the cerrado), is widely flouted, but has been used in recent years as a lever by the government to go after deforesters. For example, the forest code served as the basis for the "blacklists" which restricted funds for municipalities where deforestation has been particularly high. To get off the blacklist, and thereby regain access to finance and markets, a municipality must demonstrate...

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