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Weekly Report - 13 May 2021 (WR-21-19)

BRAZIL: Worries over changes to environmental laws

In April 2020, Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was filmed during a ministerial meeting saying that the distraction caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic should be used to “plough through” with environmental deregulation. This expression – ‘passar a boiada’ in Portuguese – has since been adopted to designate all attempts to pass or change legislation which would weaken environmental enforcement efforts and threaten environmental sustainability in Brazil. One such bill, proposing changes to the norms surrounding environmental impact assessment and licensing, is currently eliciting widespread concern.

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