Brazil's far-right president says environmental regulations obstructing development
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far-right president-elect, announced he will lift environmental restrictions to allow logging and other economic ventures in the Amazon, posing a serious threat for Latin America’s colossal rainforest and indigenous communities living in it.
The current environmental policies implemented by the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) will be changed by Bolsonaro once he takes office on January 1, for considering them “too strict” in protected areas.
“The environmental license obstructs majors, governors and the president. If you want to build a road, you can’t. That happens a lot in the Amazon region. We will end with this so the environmental policy is no longer an obstacle in Brazil,” said Bolsonaro in a video published in his social media accounts.
Bolsonaro announced he will review and reduce indigenous reserves in the state of Roraima to allow for mining and economic ventures.
“In the underground of Roraima we can find the periodic table. Nickel, uranium, gold, niobium. We must be able to work in that land … some hydroelectrics can fit in the Rio Poti Valley,” said Bolsonaro. ■