24 Oct '11, 9am

Brazil’s Forest Code: call for farmers to be paid to protect Amazon - news - The Ecologist

Brazil’s Forest Code: call for farmers to be paid to protect Amazon - news - The Ecologist

The Amazon biome, home to the world's largest variety of plant and animal life, is under serious threat . Hit by rising rates of deforestation, longer droughts and the potential for increasing die-back, as fewer trees could reduce rainfall in the region. If that wasn't enough, the Brazilian government, under pressure from industry is pushing through plans to partially abandon its Forest Code, an almost unique law in the world requiring landowners to protect rainforest. In May of this year a 410 to 63 majority in the Brazilian House of Deputies voted through reform that represents a relaxation of the country’s Forest Code. It is still awaiting final approval. There has since been an outcry by conservationists and opponents to the proposed bill both in terms of what it symbolises and, secondly, for fears it may open the floodgates for further legalised deforestation of previ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1101704/br...

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