Law should prevent recovery of devastated areas
Starting today, ISA will post a series of articles about the worst aspects of the bill which proposes to revoke the Forest Code, approved in the House of Representatives. In this first article, we discuss an important natural asset that is threatened by changes in the law: Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs), which are the main tool for environmental protection of water resources, crop and livestock production and vulnerable areas in the country
Restoration of PPAs threatened by revoking of Forest Code
This second article in the series by ISA about the most controversial points in revoking of the Forest Code, as approved by the House of Representatives at the end of last month, shows how the bill threatens forest recovery projects. The pardon for those who cleared illegally and the drastic cut in protected areas in rural properties set forth in the new law tend to discourage farmers who take part in these activities
Proposal endangers wetlands
The third article in the series by ISA this week about the bill approved by the House of Representatives to revoke the Forest Code shows that the proposal removes protection from ecosystems that have extremely high ecological relevance and fundamental importance for maintenance of water reserves in the country. The so-called wetlands account for nearly 20% of the national territory and, according to scientists, due to their strategic importance, are worthy of special protection
Amnesty defended by ruralists for family farmers may benefit large estate holders
This last article in the ISA series about the proposal to revoke the Forest Code shows that, in the discussions about the new law, despite the claims of social justice, ruralists refuse to limit differentiated treatment to family farmers. An amnesty included in the bill by agribusiness representatives could result in 30 million hectares of cleared Legal Reserves not being recovered
Complicity with the regression (Opinion)
In September, 2010, during the Presidential election campaign, a group of organizations from civil society submitted to all candidates a list of questions regarding proposals for changes in the Forest Code. At the time, a law bill by “ruralists” was already under debate in the House of Representatives, proposing changes in forest-related legislation. This group of organizations was interested in knowing the opinion of the candidates who aspired to take charge of the highest officein the country.
Areas of permanent planting (Opinion)
The Forest Code which was in effect until last Friday included Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs). These were meant to protect the most sensitive areas from a forest standpoint: springs, riveredges, wetlands, floodplains and steep slopes subject to landslides, hilltops, mangroves.
NGOs launch document on the environmental setback in the first year of Presidente Dilma Rousseff's government
The first year of President Dilma Rosseff’s government was marked by the most intense
backtracking on socio-environmental issues since the end of the military dictatorship,
totally reversing the former tendency to an ever improving sustainable development
agenda that governments had been implementing since 1988 and that had its high point
when the Lula government succeeded in curbing the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.
The progress achieved over the last two decades has enabled Brazil to become the first
developing country to formalise carbon emission reduction targets and that has strongly
contributed to establishing Brazil’s position as an international leader in the socioenvironmental
Proposal from companies and NGOs opens the way to consensus on the Forest Code
Document defends changes in the law, but with maintenance of current areas of conservation on private properties. It stipulates incentives for those who uphold the law and deals with demands from the agricultural sector
We want a clear position from the President regarding the plot against environmental legislation
Read below an article written by Marcio Santilli, ISA's coordinator.
In her weekly article to Folha de São Paulo, Mrs. Marina Silva points the pressure over brazilian environmental legislation in Congress
BRAZIL IS GOING THROUGH a serious step backwards. In 1988, the Constitution reached unprecedented environmental quality and modernity, opening the path for important advances, many of them only reached after long and difficult processes. Since then – and especially during last year -, a sequence of declarations from authorities, disqualifying the environmental legislation, opened the way for initiatives that are increasing in volume and converging to the clear intention of disregarding those advances, in name of an old fashioned and narrow view of development.