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Brazil Forest Law Again Under Fire

Brazil’s Forest Law (also known as the Forest Code) was first enacted in 1934 and determines how much a land-owner can deforest and how much must be kept as a “legal reserve”. The percentage of a forested property, that needs to be set aside as a legal reserve, varies from region to region. Currently, in the Amazon, the law states that 80% of a property has to remain forested. For the Cerrado, this figure is 20%.

A proposed amendment to the law by the ‘ruralistas’, and put forward by Federal Representative Aldo Rebelo of the Brazilian Communist Party, would make profound alterations to the law.

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