Brazil’s environmental record is under intense scrutiny in the Amazon rainforest upstream.
Brazil’s lower congress has approved a bill that would be fiercely contested by environmental groups to relax licensing requirements for infrastructure, mining, agriculture and other projects.
The move was criticized by conservation groups at a time when Brazil’s environmental records are being closely monitored. Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest soars.
US President Joe Biden has the administration Negotiations with Brazil Presumably to fund conservation efforts, but claimed that the country would first show results depending on the destruction.
Preliminary data released last week showed that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in April was the highest for that month in at least five years.
The report, prepared by the government’s data monitoring system, found that deforestation increased by 43 percent in the same month in 2020 to 571 sq km (224 sq mi).
The new license bill, approved late Wednesday, will now pass the Brazilian Senate for consideration.
For many types of projects, this will allow for automatic filing if the applicant meets certain filing requirements. These include projects such as rebuilding existing highways on the Amazon that were built and demolished by a military dictatorship.
Balsonaro has promised to rebuild a road that, according to a scientific study, will increase forests fivefold by 2030, allowing more than 1,170,000,000 square kilometers (655,600 square miles) in the US state of Florida.
Proponents of the bill include Brazil’s powerful agricultural caucus in Congress. Their argument is that Byzantine environmental clearance regulations hinder steamy investment and the economic growth of a country rich in natural resources.
While its proponents say the bill would make the licensing of certain types of projects less risky, environmentalists say it would open the floodgates to environmental degradation.
A number of non-governmental organizations signed a letter to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Wednesday, expressing concern over Brazil’s environmental policies, including the bill, and hoped to join.
“If approved, it would cause all kinds of degradation and pollution in the Amazon, including deforestation and the spread of new environmental disasters,” the letter said.
Nine former environment ministers issued an open letter opposing the bill on Monday, acknowledging that the overhaul was needed, but citing long-term problems in their proposal, saying it would address “death strokes” as a license to ensure sustainable development. .
At the April 22 US-led climate conference, Brazilian President Bolsonaro changed his tune on Amazon conservation and expressed interest in taking promising steps, although many critics doubt his credibility. He added that Brazil needs outside funding to prevent deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest.
Bolsonaro has previously highlighted the need to tap into Amazon’s resources, lashing out at environmentalists who protect the rain and criticizing European leaders who decided to destroy it.
12 months through mid-2020, Deforestation It has reached its worst point in more than a decade.