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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Indigenous activists have occupied a number of ranches in Mato Grosso do Sul state, located in Brazil’s Center-West region, in a long-running dispute over territory they consider their ancestral homelands....
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed part of the controversial Código Florestral (Forestry Code) legislation which regulates the amount of land farmers in Brazil’s Amazon region must maintain as...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter ÑACUNDAY, PARAGUAY – Tensions have reached boiling point in a landownership dispute between landless Paraguayans and Brazilian-born farmers, known locally as “Brasiguayos”, who operate farmland in the agricultural community of Ñacunday in the Alto Paraná department...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Federal Senate’s Environmental Commission concluded voting on the new Brazilian Forestry Code last Friday. The overall outline of the text was approved on Wednesday, and the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The +Unidos Group (or “Mais Unidos” meaning “more united”) is already known for its international development work with disadvantaged Brazilians, but the group will now be helping preserve biodiversity in...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A leading figure in Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement (the MST, or Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra), was assassinated last Thursday evening in the Northern state of...
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