Bolsonaro Considers Issuing Decree Allowing Mineral Extraction in Amazonian Reserve

The RENCA, in Amapá and Pará, covers an area half the size of Portugal. "We are environmental slaves", complains the deputy leader of the government. The opposition says the government is trying to seize the forest.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Jair Bolsonaro's government is considering reissuing the decree promulgated by his predecessor Michel Temer, that sought to extinguish the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (RENCA), a preserved forest of 46,450 square kilometers located in the states of Pará and Amapá, in northern Brazil.

The goal is to allow the mineral exploration of a part of this area, which is equivalent to half the size of Portugal.

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