RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's Environment Council (CONAMA), controlled by federal government officials and chaired by Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles, on Monday, September 28th, ordered the extinction of two resolutions defining the permanent protection areas (APPs) of mangroves and sandbanks along the Brazilian coast. The abrogation of these rules makes room for real estate speculation in the vegetation strips of beaches and occupation of mangrove areas for shrimp farming.
CONAMA also . . .