The negative influences of the new brazilian #forest code

on the #conservation of riparian forests

European Journal of Ecology, 2017, 3(2), pp. 116-122

More than one million hectares of riparian #forest were degraded or altered in Mato Grosso State (#Brazil) up to 2009. Authors aimed to set a comparative scenario to show differences in the quantification of environmental liabilities in riparian forest areas resulting from the change in native vegetation protection rules due to the transition between Laws 4771/65 and 12651/2012.

Taking into consideration the current rules, 23,501 m2 of area ceased to be an environmental liability within the riparian forest and became a consolidated rural area. According to the previous Forest Code, in a different scenario, that is, in a set of rural properties, the public authority would receive USD 68,600.00 in fines. The new Brazilian Forestry Code of 2012, which replaces the previous one made in 1965, exempts those responsible for rural property from regenerating previously deforested native vegetation — an obligation established by older Forest Code.

Silva, N., Angeoletto, F., Santos, J., et al. (2018). The negative influences of the new brazilian forest code on the conservation of riparian forests. European Journal of Ecology, 3(2), pp. 116-122. doi:10.1515/eje-2017-0019

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Authors have shown that the new #Forest Code in #Brazil has diminished the legal responsibility of the rural owners in relation to the maintenance of forest fragments in their properties

Natural riparian forests along Rio Vermilho are giving way to settlements and ranches in unprecedent speed