13 May '11, 6pm

Brazil's forest code vote delayed again

Brazil's forest code vote delayed again mongabay.com May 13, 2011 Brazil's vote on a revision forest code has been postponed again. After nearly three days of heated debate and political posturing in the Chamber of Deputies over the bill, which could change how Brazil's wilderness areas are managed, Brazil's Congress said it will delay the vote until next Thursday, May 19. If the bill passes, it would then move to the Senate before going to President Dilma Rousseff, who said during her campaign she will not enact policies that undermine Brazil's commitment to protecting the Amazon. The bill would reform the 1965 forest code which requires landowners to keep a substantial proportion of their land forested -- 80 percent in the Amazon rainforest, and 20 to 35 percent in the Cerrado grassland. The agricultural sector wants to reduce the proportion of protected land, arguing th...

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