Planting Trees + Creating Jobs in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

As the world gears up for the Rio+20 conference next week, we’re bringing you stories of how green economies are already being implemented across the globe. Today we hear from Beto Mesquita, who has dedicated much of his life to supporting conservation in the forests surrounding some of Brazil’s biggest cities — including Rio. Mountains in Serra Dos Orgaos National Park in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Seven of the 10 most populous cit…

One Journalist’s Take on Brazil’s Forest Code

…Because of these punishments, congressmen allied with rural farmers and encouraged the discussions to reform the Forest Code. Their goal was essentially to reduce the protected areas, or at least to grant amnesty for those who deforested illegally. When we decided to write about this movement, a first reform bill of the Forest Code had been approved in the Chamber of Deputies (one of the two divisions within our National Congress), and it was cau…

Disastrous Forestry Bill Offers Brazil’s President a Critical Test

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Yesterday was a sad day in Brazil. An environmental activist and his wife were shot dead in the Amazon by unknown attackers, just hours after politicians approved a controversial new environmental bill that will open the door to massive deforestation in highly important areas like the Amazon. The Forest Code is the main law to protect Brazil’s forests. It was designed back in 1934 by visionaries who unders…

Brazilian State Aims to Restore Ecosystems on Agricultural Lands

Brazil's Cerrado is the most biologically rich savanna grassland in the world. It's also a critical region for the country's agricultural production. (© CI/photo by Olaf Zerbock) Brazil’s Forest Code has been a controversial discussion topic lately; revision of this law could clear the way for massive destruction of the country’s remaining forests. Yet in the face of these threats, there have also been local victories. The municipal…