Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

BRAZIL: Armed forces deployed to protect the Amazon

The Brazilian government has deployed troops to the Amazon, part of efforts to fight environmental crimes as deforestation is expected to surge with the start of the dry season (and increased wildfires). Although ostensibly a sign that the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro is taking deforestation seriously, the fact that it puts environmental-monitoring efforts under military command raises some concern.

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