Brazil’s environmental leadership at risk: Mining and dams threaten protected areas

Joice Ferreira, Luiz E. O. C. Aragão, Jos Barlow, Paulo Barreto, Erika Berenguer, Mercedes Bustamante, Toby A. Gardner, Alexander C. Lees, André Lima, Julio Louzada, Renata Pardini, Luke Parry, Carlos A. Peres, Paulo S. Pompeu, Marcelo Tabarelli, Jansen Zuanon

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Over the past two decades, Brazil has emerged as an environmental leader, playing a prominent role in international fora such as the United Nations (UN) Conferences on Sustainable Development. The country has earned praise for the expansion of its protected area (PA) network and reductions in Amazon deforestation. Yet these successes are being compromised by development pressures and shifts in legislation. We highlight concerns for the newly elected government regarding development of major infrastructure and natural resource extraction projects in PAs and indigenous lands (ILs).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-707
Number of pages2
Issue number6210
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2014

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