Addendum to last post: The Forest Code

Folha de São Paulo reports today that, for the second time this year, President Dilma Rousseff has let de-foresters off the hook. This Monday the President issued a decree to extend the date at which fines will be levied for failures to re-forest and register legally protected land. The last extension occurred in June, and the new extension is now for April 2012. Brazil’s controversial forestry legislation is heading back to the Lower House of Congress after the Senate amended the original bill several weeks ago. It is widely believed that powerful agri-business and construction groups will seek to have the bill weakened or killed.



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