On his first day in office as President of Brazil, Lula da Silva signed a package of seven executive orders to protect the environment.
On his first day in office, Brazil’s new president, Lula da Silva, signed a package of seven executive orders aimed at curbing deforestation in the Amazon and rebuilding the country’s environmental institutions.
As part of the package, Brazil’s new leaders have revived the Amazon Fund, the world’s largest $1.2 billion fund to protect the rainforest, after a three-year hiatus.
Donors Germany and Norway have suspended transfers to the fund 2019under the previous administration of Jair Bolsonaro after the ex-president unilaterally suspended the Council and the Fund’s technical committee.
On Monday, Lula reinstated the fund’s governing body Said “Allow immediate re-opening of funds”.
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Established during Lula’s second term in 2008, the fund supports 102 conservation projects in the Amazon. forest Managed by Indigenous Peoples and Small farm.
Brazil’s new president also transferred the Rural Environmental Register, which tracks all rural land titles, from agriculture to the Ministry of the Environment, eliminated the possibility of arbitrating environmental fines, and banned deforestation, among his first executive decrees. Resumed prevention and control plans. Amazon.
“There is still a long way to go, but what we saw at the start of this mission was the right start and shows the importance that this issue has gained on Lula’s agenda,” said the executive director of a Brazilian NGO. Said one Marcio Astorini: weather station.
Lula was sworn in for a third term on Sunday after defeating right-wing incumbent Bolsonaro by a narrow margin in October’s general election. 60% increase Amazon deforestation.
In his inaugural address, Brazil’s new president pledged to achieve zero deforestation and 100% renewable electricity in the Amazon, stating: “Brazil does not need to cut down forests to maintain and expand its strategic agricultural frontier. ‘ added.
“The world expects Brazil to once again be a leader in tackling the climate crisis and a role model for a socially and environmentally responsible country that can foster economic growth through income distribution,” he said. I was.
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Lula has appointed former environment minister and activist Marina Silva to once again lead the country’s environmental efforts. He also created the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, headed by influential Amazonian leader Sonia Guajajara.
Astorini said the new government’s environment team was promising, but Lula won a majority in a parliament dominated by lawmakers linked to Bolsonaro’s party and the ‘ruralism’ movement defending Amazon’s agribusiness. He warned us that we must negotiate without any commitment.
A package of three Bolsonaro-era bills being debated in Congress could defeat Lula’s efforts to control deforestation in the Amazon. Each of these projects Mitigation of pesticide use, land acquisition public forest and Relaxation of regulations For environmental permits.
“Our current parliament is very hostile to indigenous peoples and environmental issues. said Astorini.