Brazil: After global outcry, president cancels decision to open PA to mining

In barely more than a month, President Michel Temer signed three decrees concerning the National Copper and Associated Reserve (RENCA), located on the border of Amapá and Pará states. In the first (decree no. 9147), he abolished the reserve — an area of Amazon rainforest the size of Denmark and opened it to mining. In the second, he responded to a wave of criticism by clarifying the first decree, but made no significant changes to it.

Then on Tuesday, in the third decree (no. 9159), published in the Union’s Official Gazette, he repealed the first one, closing the region to mining.

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