27 May '11, 12pm

SAVE Brasil calls upon the President to veto ‘retrograde’ changes to forest law: Reforms to Brazil's forest code...

SAVE Brasil calls upon the President to veto ‘retrograde’ changes to forest law: Reforms to Brazil's forest code...

mountaintops, riverine forests and slopes with forest cover are all threatened by the proposed changes (photo: Atlantic Coast Forest, Alagoas - L Marigo) Brazil’s lower parliament has passed a batch of reforms to the existing forest code, which BirdLife Partner SAVE Brazil has called “a monster which will have significant impact over deforestation for the next 50 years”. The reforms ease restrictions on clearing forests along rivers and on hilltops, and provide amnesties for small landholders who illegally cut down forest prior to 2008. “This is a truly a huge loss and disappointment to all of us, who have been fighting against the changes,” said SAVE Brasil’s Director, Dr Jaqueline Goerck. “We wrote a technical article arguing against the changes, which was published and sent to the government. All data shows that the old code was appropriate, with minor changes needed.” ...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/05/save-brasil-cal...

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Shocking news from Brazil - but the fight to save forests goes on

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wwf.org.uk 26 May '11, 4pm

Despite campaigning by WWF and other environmentalists, Brazil’s parliament has voted in favour of relaxing the country’s ...

Destruction of Brazil's most endangered forest, the Mata Atlantica, slows via @mongabay

Destruction of Brazil's most endangered forest,...

news.mongabay.com 28 May '11, 2am

2,700 sq km of Brazil's most endangered rainforest destroyed in 8 years (12/03/2010) 270,000 hectares of the Mata Atlântic...