The president must honour her pledge to protect the Amazon rainforest and block the pending land-use legislation
A new land-use law proposed by a faction controlled by parochial and rural interests and passed by Brazilian legislators in April threatens to reverse 20 years of struggle to protect the Amazon rainforest.
Not only will it allow deforestation to increase by allowing marauding developers in, Brazil’s new forest code will also provide an amnesty for illegal deforestation committed in the past.
The only hope is for the president, Dilma Rousseff, to stick by her public pledge to protect the Amazon and use her veto powers to block the pending legislation.
For more on this story, visit: Dilma Rousseff must veto Brazil’s devastating new forest code | Paulo Adario | Environment | guardian.co.uk.