Pervasive legal threats to protected areas in Brazil

Ana Alice Biedzicki De Marques, Carlos A. Peres

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Brazil safeguards a vast network of parks and reserves, termed conservation units. The creation of conservation units follows a rigorous legal protocol that grants them long-term stability under varying degrees of formal protection against land-use change. Degazettement, downsizing or downgrading any conservation unit requires a law to be passed. Recent shifts in Brazilian conservation policy have, however, favoured infrastructure projects and agricultural land conversion, even when these initiatives are in direct conflict with established conservation units. Several bills have been proposed by the National Congress, threatening 27 conservation units and bringing the long-term political stability and legal immunity of hitherto sacrosanct reserves into serious question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015


  • Brazil
  • degazettement
  • downgrading
  • downsizing
  • law
  • political pressure
  • protected areas
  • public policy

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