RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A lobby promoted by the Roraima and Amapá benches in the National Congress has succeeded in putting to a vote a presidential Provisional Measure that could reduce the areas of compulsory preservation, known as legal reserves, on rural properties in both States.

The protected areas would be reduced from 80 to 50 percent of the total land. The change, according to rural producers, is needed to increase production. However, according to environmentalists and lawyers, if implemented it would increase deforestation in the Amazon region, which is already growing, and could set a precedent for other Amazonia . . .

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