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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On the eve of completing its five-year anniversary, Brazil’s Forest Code has barely advanced, say environmental entities. According to them deforestation increased by sixty percent between 2013 and 2016, the highest since 2009.

Brazil, Deforestation of the Amazon continues to increase, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro
Deforestation of the Amazon continues to increase, photo by Matt Zimmerman/Wikimedia Creative Commons License.

“Measures to combat deforestation and restriction of economic activities in municipalities on the MMA (Environment Ministry) list are not working. They need to be strengthened,” says Juan Doblas an adviser to Instituto SocioAmbiental (ISA).

According to the environmentalist, the new Forest Code gave amnesty to all those who deforested until 2008, but farmers, ranchers and loggers continued to deforest due to the lack of punishment. “Impunity for illegal deforestation ends up encouraging more deforestation,” said Doblas in an article for ISA.

Environmentalists denounce the paralysis of the actions of the Plan for Prevention and Control of Deforestation in the Legal Amazon (PPCDAM) in recent years and agree that the repeal of the old Forest Code and the approval of the new Code is actually boosting the destruction of the forest.

Calling it an ‘epidemic of deforestation’ the environmentalist says the government must act now before the new Forest Code is seen as just another unenforceable law.

“The surge in deforestation must be faced with immediate and forceful measures. If this does not happen, the omission of the government will be interpreted by those who conduct illegal deforestation as a new green signal for impunity,” argues Doblas.

In 2009, Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made a pledge at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, promising the country would reduce deforestation in the Amazon region by eighty percent by 2020. With the current deforestation trend, however, environmentalists say it is unlikely that the pledge will be kept.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What a joke. This is a microcosm of Brazil right now. It’s one thing to ignore a law or break a rule, and get caught. It’s quite another to do it and not care because you know that the law won’t even try to punish you.

  2. What a Shame Brazil ! Are you Unable to do Anything good ? ? ? So, why not to contract a Serious Country like the USA to do a Great job Saving the Amazon Forest ? Because to put it straight, it will Not work in Brazilians hands, way too much Corruption and they are proud of it (Brazilian Way). They won’t rest until they suck up all the Amazon and all the world will pay highly for that. Woe, Woe brazil when are you gonna be Courageous to become Honest. Perhaps it is just the Apocalypse approaching, we will not survive guys. I am Sick and Tired of this bla, bla, bla and No Action. Sorry. Rbt.

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