Brazil’s Federal Environment Council May Revoke Mangrove and Sandbank Protection

Laws advocated by Minister Ricardo Salles favor the building of hotels on the Brazilian coast, to the detriment of 1.6 million hectares of permanent protection areas.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In an effort by Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles, the National Environment Council (CONAMA) is preparing a set of revocations of rules that could affect up to 1.6 million hectares of sandbanks and mangroves throughout the country. These are permanent preservation areas near the Brazilian coast that have become of interest to the real estate sector and shrimp farmers.

At the meeting on Monday morning, the 23 councilors will analyze the proposal to revoke CONAMA's Resolution 303, which establishes the protection of a minimum strip of 300 meters of sandbanks, in addition to . . .

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