Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Brazil leader vetoes parts of law opening up Amazon
by Staff Writers
Brasilia (AFP) May 25, 2012

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Friday vetoed parts of a new forestry code that environmentalists say would lead to further deforestation in the Amazon, home to the world's largest collection of plants and animals.

"The president of the Republic decided in favor of carrying out diverse vetoes and modifications to the draft law that deals with the forestry code," government lawyer Luis Inacio Adams told a news conference.

The overhaul of the 1965 forestry law approved by Congress a month ago had been seen as a victory for a powerful agri-business lobby after years of feuding with environmentalists.

But it is embarrassing for Brazil less than a month before it hosts the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development.

Rousseff removed 12 controversial articles and made 31 modifications to the bill which was to be published Monday in a special executive measure that enters into effect immediately, although it will have to be ratified later by the Congress.

Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said that in vetoing parts of the bill the government was seeking to ensure that there was no loss of areas of the Amazon and protected sensitive ecosystems.

She said the government also acted to prevent amnesties for those who had illegally cleared areas in the past, to preserve small landowners, and hold timber producers responsible for protecting the environment.

The text to be published Monday maintains the obligation to protect 80 percent of the forest in rural areas of the Amazon and 35 percent of the sertao, or arid hinterland of northeastern Brazil.

But it eases restrictions for small landowners who face difficulties in recovering illegally cleared land.

The veto shows that Brazil "is a country determined to protect the environment while continuing to produce food," Texeira said.

But environmentalists who had pushed for a full veto were not pleased.

"Brazilian and world public opinion sees a country which continues to play with the future of its forests," said Maria Cecilia Wey de Brito, of the Brazilian branch of the conservation group WWF.

"We view the announcement of a partial veto with concern because we feel that a large part of the points most harmful for the environment have been maintained and only a few removed. In addition the veto will have to go through a Congress dominated by the agribusiness sector," said Raul do Vale of the Socioenvironmental institute (ISA).

On Thursday the government was handed a petition calling for a full veto with more than two million signatures collected online from dozens of countries.

The new law has provoked fierce clashes between environmentalists and supporters of farmers and ranchers over how to regulate the country's vast but vulnerable wilderness.

Brazil is a major beef and soybean producer, and with international crop prices high and in many cases rising, farmers are keen to cash in.

The bill approved by Congress a month ago defines what part of the forest landowners in the Amazon and other large ecosystems are responsible for protecting.

It shows the two faces of Brazil: on the one hand, a giant agricultural producer and exporter with nearly 28 percent of its territory under cultivation, and on the other an environmental powerhouse with forests covering 60 percent of its territory.

Agriculture Minister Jorge Alberto Mendes Ribeiro said the presidential veto ensured that the code reconciles the interests of both the environmentalists and the powerful agribusiness sector.

The decision comes only weeks before Brazil hopes to champion sustainable development at the June 20-22 Rio+20 summit that will be attended by 115 world leaders and 50,000 participants.


Related Links
Forestry News - Global and Local News, Science and Application

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Hacking code of leaf vein architecture solves mysteries, allows predictions of past climate
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 25, 2012
UCLA life scientists have discovered new laws that determine the construction of leaf vein systems as leaves grow and evolve. These easy-to-apply mathematical rules can now be used to better predict the climates of the past using the fossil record. The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has a range of fundamental implications for global ecology and allows researchers ... read more

Outside View: Refugees forever?

Spain cuts aid to Caribbean, S. America

Italy quake survivors urged to return home

Research Opens Doors To UV Disinfection Using LED Technology

Dish Network in US legal fight over ad-skipping

'Monkey' to go West again as cinema power shifts East

Yahoo! ditches digital newsstand for iPads

Laser scan at full speed

Thousands of shellfish found dead in Peru

Latest Southern Ocean research shows continuing deep ocean change

Swiss ultralight trikes used to explore Lake Baikal

Marine reserves boost fish: Australian study

New Study by WHOI Scientists Provides Baseline Measurements of Carbon in Arctic Ocean

Illuminating the Ancient History of Circumarctic Peoples

Toxic mercury, accumulating in the Arctic, springs from a hidden source

Russia's Antarctic probes to be tested in Ladoga Lake

Blossom end rot plummets in Purdue-developed transgenic tomato

Where bees are, there will be honey even pre-historic

Financial tool considered climate change uncertainty to select land for conservation

How plants chill out

Mexico on alert as hurricane Bud gathers force

Hurricane Bud weakens on approach to Mexico

Death toll from Afghan flood hits 50: official

NOAA: 2012 sees normal hurricane season

Former G.Bissau army chief, minister flee

G. Bissau army to return to barracks

Somali, AU troops close in on Islamist stronghold of Afgoye

45 Chinese arrested for illegal trading in Nigeria: official

Chimpanzees have human-like personalities

Urban landscape's power to hurt or heal

Anthropologists discover earliest form of wall art

Evolution's gift may also be at the root of a form of autism

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement