The government led by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has withdrawn the policy protecting tropical mangroves and other coastal ecosystems. Environmental groups have called the move a crime. They say the government’s move will allow developer companies to destroy natural habitats for tourism and at some points. Mangrove forests are an important protection against climate change. This information has been revealed by the British media BBC report.
Brazil has faced a number of environmental crises since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019. The president is accused of encouraging illegal activities in the forest. Due to these activities, there has been an increase in deforestation in the country and the incidence of wildfires has also increased. Environmentalists have already issued stern warnings about Bolsonaro’s environmental policy.
Brazil is a large part of the world’s most famous Amazon rainforest. The country has many tropical mangrove forests and coastal sandy beach forests. Brazil established a “permanent protected area” in 2002 to protect mangroves and beach forests. However, the National Environment Council, led by controversial environment minister Ricardo Sales, has withdrawn its decision to preserve the “permanent protected area”.
Environmental groups say the Brazilian government’s decision will allow developers to clean mangroves and beach forests. “These regions are already under considerable pressure from actual development,” said Mario Mantovani, head of environmental group SOS Mata Atlantic. He called the withdrawal “a crime against society”.
Note that one acre of mangrove absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide in an acre in the Amazon rainforest.
Brazilian environment minister Ricardo Sales has been mired in controversy since assuming office. His conversation leaked during a cabinet meeting with the president last April. There, Sales said, the coronovirus pandemic could be used as an opportunity to advance environmental policies. Because according to him, the media is only talking about Kovid at the moment.
In Brazil, environmental group Greenpeace said in a statement about the new move to sales, “Although we have seen record numbers of environmental disasters and wildlife in Brazil, the sale is taking its time to incite further destruction.”