New law will allow Brazil to recover 35 million acres

Posted on December 9, 2011 • Filed under: Brazil, Enviromental Issues, Politics

Brazilian Senator Jorge Viana, rapporteur for the controversial reform of the forestry law approved this week in the Senate, today responded to criticism from environmentalists and said the new rules will allow to recover 35 million hectares of degraded forests.

“It will be the largest program of recovery of vegetation cover has been known in the world,” Viana said in an interview with foreign correspondents, in which he accused “some” environmental groups have “distorted” the text passed in the Senate, now must be voted by the Chamber of Deputies.

Viana refused so, as argued by Greenpeace or the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), among others, the reform of the forestry law will open doors to further deforestation in the Amazon and other Brazilian ecosystems. Read Article

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