Friday, August 3, 2012

President must honor his promise to protect the Amazon forest and lock the land use legislation pending

A new law

land use proposed by a faction controlled by vested interests and rural Brazilian legislators approved in April threatened to topple 20-year struggle to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Not only will it help increase logging that allows developers to roam, new forest code in Brazil will also offer an amnesty for illegal deforestation committed in the past.

The only hope is that the president, Rousseff, followed by its public commitment to protect the Amazon and use their veto to block the pending legislation.

But time is running out fast -. Rousseff has until Friday to get used to it, maintain its authority and to fulfill their responsibilities both in Brazil and around the world

The prospect of its failure to veto this bill not only painful, it is potentially devastating to the Amazon basin, a region that contains half of the remaining tropical forests on earth.

also stain the reputation of Brazil after the country in recent years has shown that economic growth can be achieved without rampant deforestation witness too long in the past 40 years.

The new forest will end the permanent preservation areas, one of the crown jewels of Brazil's environmental legislation that, among other provisions, had protected forests on the banks of rivers and slopes.

Amnesty for past crimes is also worrying for the first time in six years, deforestation has increased in some Amazonian states, given the impunity that approximates the environment part of the new law


University of Sao Paulo shows that the new law could lead to deforestation of 22 million hectares.

Brazilian Institute of Applied Economic Research has also found that the additional emissions that may result from the new law, it would be impossible for Brazil to achieve its reduction target announced in Copenhagen by Brazilian President Luiz then Inacio Lula da Silva and his minister, then Chief, Rousseff.

as an agreement to save the climate has been the collapse of Copenhagen, President Lula also pledged to reduce Amazon deforestation by 80% in 2020. In 2011, deforestation in Brazil had already reduced to its lowest level since records were first kept in 1970.

But 10 years later, I remember walking through the beautiful streets in a free festival of world social forum in Belem with my wife -. Zero deforestation, now supported by most Brazilians

And just three months, who received the forest heroes of the United Nations in New York in what was a proud moment for me as a Brazilian.

While I was there and others who worked to protect forests in Indonesia, Cameroon, Russia and Japan, I thought of my house. The Amazon, and how Brazil had accepted the need to protect

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