By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After widespread criticism Brazil’s Ministry of Environment has backed down from the decision to suspend all agreements and partnerships with non-governmental organizations for the next 90 days. The Ministry now says that the suspension only applies to the signing of new contracts.

"We will not suspend anything that is in operation, but we will officiate each of these entities to report on activities and accountability for what they are doing," explained Environment Minister Ricardo Salles during a TV interview to Globonews on Wednesday afternoon.

On Monday, the ministry . . .

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