Planting Trees + Creating Jobs in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

…o, the current network of protected areas — which cover only 9 percent of the biome — is inadequate to preserve this 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…

One Journalist’s Take on Brazil’s Forest Code

…d to inhibit further deforestation, establishing penalties and even doling out prison sentences to lawbreakers. 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…

3 ways Brazil’s environmental decisions affect the world

…d with the rate between 1996 and 2005. However, in March 2015, the Brazilian government confirmed that the past year 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…

Disastrous Forestry Bill Offers Brazil’s President a Critical Test

…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 understood the need to preserve native vegetation, not only for nature’s sake but for the benefits that it provides for…

Brazilian State Aims to Restore Ecosystems on Agricultural Lands

…nnah. In recent years, its grasses and woodlands have been disappearing twice as fast as the Amazon rainforest, giving way first to cattle pastures and then to endless fields of corn, soy, cotton and coffee. According to the Forest Code, which is under attack in the Brazilian Senate by groups connected to the agribusiness sector, 20 percent of vegetation on all private productive lands in the Cerrado must be preserved. These territories are…