Road threatens Brazil’s Iguaçu National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site

Conservation has made it possible to increase the population of jaguars, the largest feline in the Americas, which is in danger of extinction. The last census released by the Onças do Iguaçu project, in 2019, indicated a 27% increase in the number of these animals over the previous two years.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A proposed Bill intends to reopen the road that crosses the Natural Heritage Site, one of the last reserves of Atlantic Forest in the South of the country. If approved, the proposal could also put other conservation units at risk.

The dispute, already decided in court 35 years ago, runs the risk of creating a U-turn in Brasília. The bill (PL984/2019) attempts to reopen the Colono Highway, closed in 1986 due to the environmental damage it caused when crossing the Iguaçu National Park. The park has been declared a Natural World Heritage . . .

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