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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a dramatic U-turn, Brazil’s Environment Ministry said on Friday it would continue to fight deforestation, reversing its position after saying hours earlier that it could not afford to continue enforcement efforts in the Amazon.

The ministry, through its enforcement arm Ibama and its parks service ICMBio, plays a vital role in combating deforestation with teams deployed on frequently dangerous missions to catch Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?