Brazil: Under cover of unrelated political turmoil, Congress looks to cut 1.2M ha from PAs in Pará state

With Brazil in political turmoil, the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby that dominates Congress has quietly set in motion measures to dismember some of the country’s most important conservation units in the eastern section of the Amazon basin.

The move occurs at a time when the country is fully focused on the Supreme Court’s recently announced plans to investigate corruption allegations made against leading politicians, including eight of President Temer’s ministers.

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