Pantanal, Amazon Region Threaten Brazil’s Trade as Government Shuns Responsibility

Among the criticisms of the Salles-Mourão-Bolsonaro administration is the reduction of prevention and environmental inspection resources. The two main federal bodies working in this area - IBAMA and ICMBIO - have both had drastic budget cuts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the Pantanal is burning and the Amazon region is recording growing degradation rates, Brazil's economy is at risk of being shunted into the sidelines. In addition to the warnings already issued by Brazilian investment funds and banks and the threat that the trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur will not be finalized, on Tuesday, September 15th, Vice-President Hamilton Mourão received a letter signed by the ambassadors of eight European countries - Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Belgium.

The message in the letter is clear: while the issue . . .

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