BRAZIL IN FOCUS: What does Bolsonaro mean for ‘bad ag’ and the forests?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

With an aggressive agribusiness lobby tapped into the political establishment, emboldened forest crooks, corruption scandals, legal threats to protected areas and rising deforestation rates, the picture for the forests of Brazil was already looking bleak. And then came Jair Bolsonaro. We spoke to experts from Brazil, the EU and US to find out what might happen next. But also, what can be done in response if levels of illegal – and legal – deforestation begin to rise as predicted.

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Q&A Juan Doblas: “We could reach a point of no return for the Amazon, but for now everything is up in the air”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“The simulation takes us back to deforestation rates pre-2000 levels. And the biggest problem is that we are not in 2000, we are at a turning point for the Amazon.”

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Q&A FUNAI: “The rhetoric alone is enough to have a negative impact”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

“Up to what point would the government be willing to burn political capital on these issues, considering they will invest considerable political capital in other issues about the economy, public security…? That could be an advantage for environmental protection, at least initially.”

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Q&A Paulo Barreto, Imazon: “Bolsonaro’s discourse has already started certain trends, regardless of changes in regulations”

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Paulo’s research is heavily focused on identifying the causes of deforestation and on how Brazil can improve the protection of the Amazon.

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Comment: Traders may face reputational risks as deforestation increases in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

The changes to environmental regulations that are expected to occur with Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil will increase pressure on consumer goods companies, traders and investors to take additional measures to limit their exposure to deforestation, writes Matt Piotrowski of Climate Advisers.

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Boss of world’s largest meat processor arrested again in Brazil in connection with another corruption scandal

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

In early November the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Joesley Batista in connection with Operation Car Wash, one of the largest corruption scandals in Latin American history. Batista is a member of the family that founded JBS, the world’s largest meat processor. The police also arrested Ricardo Saud, a former director at J&F Investimentos, the company that controls JBS, and two former Agriculture Ministers as part of investigations into a graft scheme involving JBS and the Ministry.

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Scientists estimate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon could triple under Bolsonaro

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Simulations conducted by a group of researchers at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) point to a potentially devastating surge in deforestation in the Amazon if the president-elect carries out his most radical promises to undermine environmental and indigenous protections.

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Brazilian Amazon hit by worst deforestation rate in a decade

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Preliminary figures released by the Brazilian government reveal that deforestation in the Amazon has reached its highest rate in a decade, with the Environment Minister Edson Duarte blaming “organised crime”.

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Battles over the future of protected areas in Rondonia provide a taste of the upcoming struggle to save native forests in Brazil

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Rondonia, one of Brazil’s most deforested Amazonian states, has been locked in a political and legal battle between its executive and legislative branches over the future of newly-created protected areas.

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Were deforestation and violence in election period a sign of things to come?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

During Brazil’s latest electoral cycle the country’s media and civil society reported a series of attacks against indigenous leaders and environmental enforcement agencies, as well as an uptick in deforestation in the Amazon. Could these be manifestations of ordinary election fever or the first signs of a new offensive against Brazil’s forests and those who protect them?

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Palm oil executives arrested in bribery scandal in Indonesia

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Three executives from one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil firms were arrested over the weekend by the nation’s anti-graft agency, the KPK, after an employee was caught bribing politicians to kill an inquiry into water pollution and plantation licenses in Borneo, the agency said on Sunday.

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Illegal deforestation in northern Argentina continues despite Environment Ministry’s intervention

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Greenpeace has once again detected illegal forest clearing in Argentina’s northern province of Salta, one of the most deforested in the country. Earlier this year the organisation denounced political collusion between a businessman and Salta’s provincial government to illegally clear protected areas.

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Indigenous communities in southern Colombia denounce invasion of their territories by cattle ranchers

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

In the southern Putumayo Department, which borders Peru and Ecuador in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous communities have denounced illegal invasions and deforestation of their lands by cattle ranchers.

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Honduran authorities seek to halt illegal oil palm cultivation within Jeannette Kawas National Park

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Following years of complaints by local communities and conservation organisations, public prosecutors in Honduras have finally begun to investigate illegal deforestation for oil palm cultivation within Jeannette Kawas National Park in north-eastern Honduras.

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