By Richard Mann

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Jair Bolsonaro administration intends to reduce over 60 Environmental Conservation Units in the country: those having federal roads, railways, ports, and airports within their limits, according to the government.

The reduction, according to the federal administration, is intended to remove "interference" with existing structures and provide "legal security" for the ventures -- whether these are public or granted to private enterprises.

A letter sent by the Ministry of Infrastructure to the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Institute (ICMBio) stated that "there are 54 conservation units intercepted by highways and railroads" in addition to "37 highways . . .

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