Planting Trees + Creating Jobs in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

…his forest. After several years of discussion — including recent heated debates on possible changes to Brazil’s Forest Code — we will arrive at Rio+20 without a new legal framework to protect the country’s remaining forests and other vegetation. A new national forest law will be essential for the long-term preservation of these valuable ecosystems; in the meantime, there is an urgent need to take actions that restore forest cover, create strategi…

One Journalist’s Take on Brazil’s Forest Code

…c that we wrote about: the debate in the Brazilian Congress to change our most important environmental law, the Forest Code. Created in 1965 and updated in 1989 and 2000, this law defines which areas can be used for agriculture and livestock and which natural areas that must be preserved, which include APPs — permanent preservation areas — and legal reserves — private properties that can’t be deforested, but permit some sustainable activities. In…

3 ways Brazil’s environmental decisions affect the world

…ear has seen a sharp uptick. Many factors have likely contributed to this rise, including revisions to Brazil’s Forest Code that relaxed regulations on forest clearing for many landowners. Also, as the global economic downturn hit Brazil, people began to turn to crops destined for export (soybeans, cattle) that would earn them more profits — and which led to more forest being cleared. In addition, Greenpeace found that more than half the wood fro…

Disastrous Forestry Bill Offers Brazil’s President a Critical Test

…ironmental 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 understood the need to preserve native vegetation, not only for nature’s sake but for the benefits that it provides for industries and people around the world. One of the key aspects of the existing code, which I helped to amend in 1…

Brazilian State Aims to Restore Ecosystems on Agricultural Lands

…9;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 municipality of Luis Eduardo Magalhaes in Bahia state, for example, is launching a campaign that wi…